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CAG finds lapses at railway hospitals

Absence of facilities for treating bio-medical waste and non-functioning medical equipment were among some of the serious lapses noted by the CAG at hospitals and health units run by the railways, which cater to 64 lakh beneficiaries.

In its latest report, the Comptroller and Auditor General has also drawn attention to the absence of incinerators and supply of substandard drugs at many railway hospitals along with a lack of telemedicine facilities.

Railways provides medical and health services to 64 lakh beneficiaries through 129 hospitals and 588 health units spread over 17 zonal railways and five production units.

A sample group of 69 hospitals and 89 primary health units /dispensaries were selected for a performance assessment vis-a -vis budgetary control, utilisation of available manpower and efficiency in hospital administration.
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