Gauteng Health Department has settled all debts to medical suppliers
2 May 2012The Gauteng Department of Health has settled in full all debts owed to medical suppliers up to the end of March 2012 and is now moving at speed to implement a turnaround strategy at its medical depot.
A total sum of R874 million was paid to medical suppliers last week settling all outstanding accruals from 2011.
The provincial MEC Ntombi Mekgwe has instructed that all efforts be made to improve drug stock holding in the province from the current six weeks to three months.
A meeting with medical suppliers is being planned to discuss working relationships and measures to improve supplies.
Meanwhile efforts are underway to improve controls on the distribution of medicines from the supply depot to hospitals and clinics. A review of the business model of the medical supply depot has commenced as part of the turnaround strategy.
This is a twelve months project that has been introduced to increase patients’ access to medicine, improve warehousing and establish ICT systems at regional pharmacies.
A provincial pharmaceutical and therapeutic committee of experts has been established to monitor and ensure rationale use of medicines. The committee will also interrogate scientific evidence for protocols, assist in ensuring the availability of essential drugs and advise the department of drug related matters.
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Issued by: Gauteng Health
2 May 2012
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