Justice Umar Ata Bandial of Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) to submit proposals to improve the quality of medicines being supplied to government hospitals.
The judge sought the proposals by May 7.
He issued these directions on an application from Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique asking the court to ensure a transparent policy for the purchase of medicines for public hospitals in the wake of the deaths of over a hundred people due to tainted drugs handed out at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology earlier this year.
The applicant said that quality medicines were not provided at public hospitals. He alleged that to make money, officials from drug inspectors to the chief executives of hospitals had joined hands and were administering spurious medicines.
He said that the government had a constitutional responsibility to provide quality medicines, but there was no mechanism to ensure this.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2012.
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