Tougher laws to curb theft
of medicine from hospitals



by Don Asoka Wijewardena


SLFP General Secretary Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena says he will push for tougher laws to punish hospital employees and pharmacy owners found guilty of selling drugs stolen from government hospitals.

Addressing the annual convention of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry at the Taj Samudra Hotel over the weekend, Minister Sirisena said that he would seek parliamentary approval for laws to have those who made money at the expense of state hospitals, sentenced to life imprisonment.

Minister Sirisena said that a person, who had been recently arrested by the police for selling medicine robbed from government hospitals continued to shield hospital employees involved in the racket.

Minister Sirisena said that he intended to introduce new laws to prevent anyone found guilty of such an offence from running a private pharmacy. At the moment, culprits could obtain a fresh license in the event of cancellation of the existing one.

Minister Sirisena said that he requested the police to go all out to identify hospital employees involved in the racket at issue.

Minister Sirisena has instructed Cosmetic Devices and National Drug Control Authority Director Dr. Hemantha Beneragama to seal the pharmacy and cancel its licence.

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