30 middlemen masked off various hospitals in Odisha in two days

Bhubaneswar: 30 middlemen have been arrested during a special operation against ‘brokers’ in various hospitals, medical colleges, blood banks, dispensaries in the state.
In compliance with the directive of the Chief Minister of Odisha for the removal of middlemen working illegally at various places in the state, Odisha DGP BK Sharma directed the Superintendents of Police and Deputy Commissioners of Police to launch a campaign.
According to reports, four middlemen have been arrested from Bhubaneswar, five from Sambalpur, five from Bolangir, four from Bhadrak, three from Mayurbhanj, four from Rourkela, three from Balasore and four from Nabarangpur.
“Investigation of these cases shall focus on establishing linkages of middlemen with others including owners of nursing homes, diagnostic centres, health officials etc., so that appropriate legal action can be taken against them,” said an official.
“The DGP has further directed to continue the drive against middlemen on a daily basis under the direct supervision of Superintendents of Police and Deputy Commissioners of Police. They have been also directed to submit the Situation Report (SITREP) on a daily basis regarding action taken in different districts,” the official added.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Commissionerate Police had arrested four middlemen from Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar yesterday. Similarly, five middlemen were arrested on Thursday at VIMSAR in Burla and five more at district headquarters hospital in Balangir.

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