The state government has decided to establish the UP Medical Services Corporation Limited (UPMSCL) to make the procurement of medicines and instruments for government hospitals and health centres transparent as well as competitive.
Owing to an inadequate supply chain infrastructure, there is frequent shortage of medicines in government hospitals at present.
“The corporation is likely to become functional from the next year,” said a health department officer.
The move comes after a health department team visited Tamil Nadu recently to study the working of the TN Medical Services Corporation.
The team submitted its report to principal secretary health and family welfare, Sanjay Agarwal, recommending the establishment of a corporation on the lines of the one in Tamil Nadu here.
At present, the central medical store department (CMSD) located in the health directorate floats tenders for procurement of medicines on rate contract.
The purchases made by CMSD have stirred a controversy due to the alleged flouting of purchase rules and irregularities in procurement.
A tender floated by the CMSD was challenged in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court recently. As a result, the CMSD had to float a fresh tender.
To ensure procurement of quality drugs, the UPMSCL will empanel drug-testing laboratories accredited by NABL.
Three samples will be drawn from each batch supplied at the warehouse and sent to the empanelled laboratories for testing.
“If any sample fails the quality test, the entire batch would be returned to the pharmaceutical company and it would be directed to make a fresh supply. The fresh stock would be sent for a test too,” a health and family welfare department officer said.
The corporation will be an autonomous company registered under the Company Act 1956 with the principal secretary, health and family welfare, its chairman.
It will have six wings: administrative, finance and accounting, procurement, logistic, quality control and tnformation technology.
It will have committees on drug quantification, drug procurement, equipment specification, equipment procurement, quality control and inspection under it.
The management of all the 11 regional drug warehouses and 53 district warehouses will be under the control of the new corporation.