Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-07-04 18:00 Bengaluru: The poor have been swallowing them for long but our netas could not swallow the bitter pill of government hospital medicine. Minister for Health and Family Welfare KR Ramesh Kumar was taken to task on Monday by legislators who complained about sub-standard medicines being sold at government hospitals and in the vicinity of Vidhana Soudha. Congress member R Dharmasena pointed out that medicines supplied to government hospitals had either expired or of poor quality. He further alleged that no steps were being taken to ensure supply of quality medicines and lashed out at the official apathy towards the poor. “It is not just the medicines in government hospitals, even the medicines supplied to Legislature Bhavan are substandard,” he said and urged the minister to ensure quality medicines to the poor. Several other members cutting across parties too joined Dharmasena in attacking the health department. They, too, complained of medicines being either substandard or hospitals running out of medicine. Admitting the problem of poor quality of medicines in government hospitals, Ramesh Kumar termed the issue “serious” and assured members of resolving the issue within six months.