Patients deprived of breakfast, as Govt fails to pay contractors

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Showing resentment against non-clearance of their pending liabilities by the government, the contractors have stopped supply of breakfast to the patients at government medical college and hospital Jammu and its associated hospitals.
According to sources the health and medical education department has not cleared the pending liabilities of the contractors who have supplied food items to the patients at the government medical college and hospital Jammu and its associated hospitals.
According to sources, the GMC Jammu and its associated hospitals owe around Rs 1.7 crore to the contractors. “The major amount is pending against the milk provided to the patients,” sources said. 
The supply of breakfast has been stopped to the GMC Jammu, Psychiatric Hospital, Chest and Diseases Hospital, SMGS Hospital, Gandhi Nagar Hospital, Super Specialty Hospital and Sarwal Hospital, Jammu. Lunch and dinner is being supplied as per routine, sources said.
“On an average, around 1500 patients are provided free food, sugar and milk every day,” a doctor said on condition of anonymity. 
He said in the breakfast, the patients are given half liter of milk, a pouch of sugar and four slices of bread.
The doctor said that patients who undergo surgeries or those admitted in psychiatric hospital are more dependent on the free diet provided by the hospitals as they cannot eat the food items available in the hospital canteens.
“Moreover, most of the hospital canteens open in between 6 am and 7 am everyday while the patients admitted in the psychiatric hospital need medication between 5 am and 6 am which is preceded by the breakfast. So, the stoppage of the breakfast will affect them most,” he said.
GMC principal, Dr Sunanda Raina told Greater Kashmir, “The liabilities have not accumulated to Rs 1.5 crore overnight. For the last many years, the contractors are providing food items and milk to the hospital patients without being paid.”
“The matter has been brought to the notice of the minister, health and medical education department, Bali Bhagat and commissioner secretary of the department, Dr Pawan Kotwal. I hope the contractors would be paid soon so that the supply is restored at an earliest,” he said.

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