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Canteen staff of Calcutta Medical College & Hospital found selling food to patients' relatives

Kolkata: Some of the canteen staff at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) have been accused of selling food to the relatives of the patients who are supposed to get it free of cost.

The incident has created a flutter at CMCH on Sunday afternoon after a relative of a patient captured the video showing some members at the canteen selling food. Patients and their family members alleged that some canteen staff members have been selling rice, dal and curry to the relatives of the patients at Rs 20. The patients also alleged that sometimes the staff members do not provide them with fish and chicken which they are supposed to get free on the designated days. The staff members were found to be selling food at the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (RIO).

After the matter came to light, the CMCH authorities have said strong action would be taken against those who would be found guilty. It may be mentioned here that food are supplied to the RIO and other departments of the CMCH from the hospital canteen. Some of the canteen staffers are earning a bad name for the hospital by selling food items to the relatives of the patients. They also demanded a probe into the incident.

"If such incidents are proved to be true after a probe, stern action would be taken against those who will be found indulging in the practice," a senior official of the hospital said.

It may be mentioned here that a similar incident occurred at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in September this year when some canteen staff members were allegedly found carrying meat outside from within the NRS Medical College canteen.

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