GST Effect: Shortage of medicines at Pune Cantonment hospital

Pranita Roy
Thursday, 3 August 2017

Pune: The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cantonment General Hospital (SVPCGH), run by Pune Cantonment Board (PCB), had been facing a shortage of medicines after the roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Many drug dealers and distributors had stopped stocking up medicines since GST was announced, anticipating the difference in tax payment and refunds post implementation. This had led to a shortage of supply of medicine in hospitals , including SVPCGH.

Pune: The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cantonment General Hospital (SVPCGH), run by Pune Cantonment Board (PCB), had been facing a shortage of medicines after the roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Many drug dealers and distributors had stopped stocking up medicines since GST was announced, anticipating the difference in tax payment and refunds post implementation. This had led to a shortage of supply of medicine in hospitals , including SVPCGH.

Although, officials have claimed that the situation has normalised now and all medicines are available.

“There was around 10 per cent less emergency medicines available at OPD. Immediately after we understood that there is less stock of emergency medicines, a letter was sent to CEO, DN Yadav, informing him about the shortage. The hospital now has emergency medicines in stock,” said officiating Residential Medical Officer (RMO), Dr VD Gaikwad.

However, sources have stated that hospital still does not have an adequate amount of medicines, which are used on a monthly basis. 

Stocks diminishing
Sources from SVPCGH said that there was less supply of medicines from  April to June, as the stock of medicines was finishing and the distributors supplied less medicine. Moreover, there was a delay in ordering the new stock of medicines, which lead to a further shortage in the availability of medicines.
 

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