A top pharmacy technician in India’s capital has quit his post after he told a doctor he would not prescribe medication for patients who have not received a copy of a hospital admission form because it was not available in the country.
Lorraine Lillies, the deputy commissioner of the state government’s hospital administration department, was appointed in October.
In her resignation letter to the hospital administration, which was made public on Thursday, she said the department had a “high degree of distrust” towards the private sector in the sector.
The letter, dated October 10, said doctors are “fearful of their job” as they are “not able to access the necessary forms and information”.
Lillies said she received a letter from a doctor, which said the form was not accessible in India.
She said that doctors had complained to her that they could not access the form because the Indian government was not providing them with the necessary documents.
“I feel that my work in India is not for the benefit of the country, and that the government of India is responsible for my safety and well-being,” she wrote.
India’s public hospitals have a shortage of prescriptions, which can be costly for patients.
In a letter seen by Reuters, Lillys said she had spoken to a senior government official who told her the hospital could not supply the form.
Lillys’ resignation letter was sent on Friday.