Bhubaneswar, Sept 27 (LocalWire): In a major crackdown, Odisha Police have arrested 35 touts from government-run hospitals in the past 24 hours in simultaneous drives across the state.
The crackdown comes in the wake of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik issuing directions to make the government hospital free of middlemen and to ensure provide quality healthcare services to patients.
‘As part of our sustained efforts to weed out fixers, police arrested middlemen cheating patients in government hospitals.
On the basis of FIRs, they were forwarded to court.
Further investigations to identify others in the operation is continuing,’ said Bijoy Kumar Sharma, Director General of Police.
It has been found that the touts or middlemen operate as agents on commission basis by private healthcare institutes to reroute the in-patients from government hospitals and poor and illiterate patients often become their soft targets.
These touts also operate on payment basis by private diagnostic centres to fleece poor patients.
Alleged nexus of hospitals’ staff with the gang of touts may not be ruled out.
All aspects of the racket of agents are being looked into, he said.