Distributors likely to stop supply of medicines, equipment to Kozhikode medical college

Dues worth crores pending; functioning of cath lab hit

June 20, 2019 09:37 pm | Updated 09:37 pm IST - Kozhikode

Distributors are reportedly planning to stop the supply of medicines, intravenous fluids, and surgical equipment to Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, owing to pending dues worth crores of rupees. Functioning of the cath lab at the hospital was affected on Thursday as those distributing stents for angioplasty have already stopped the supply.

It is learnt that the distributors are planning to submit an official letter clarifying their position to the medical college hospital authorities on Saturday. The distributors are claiming that dues worth crores of rupees are pending for the past many months. As per the usual practice, they are given the payment in advance. The distributors pointed out that the district administration’s promise to release the amount under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) has not been fulfilled.

Distribution of stents to the hospital had been stopped since May 30. The Chamber of Distributors of Medical Implants and Disposables pointed out in a letter to the hospital Superintendent that the payment for the Karunya Benevolent Fund had not been released since June 2018. The payment under RSBY had been released only till December 2018. They also pointed out that the payment under the tribal supply scheme had not been given since January 2014.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.