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Delhi govt allows its big hospitals to purchase medicines and equipment on their own

To curb medicine shortages in Delhi government hospitals, those with more than 500 beds can now purchase medicines and consumables on their own.

health Updated: Aug 03, 2017 11:04 IST
The Delhi government took steps after a report showed that less than 50 medicines were available at several Delhi government hospitals.
The Delhi government took steps after a report showed that less than 50 medicines were available at several Delhi government hospitals.((Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo))

To curb medicine shortages in Delhi government hospitals, an order was issued by the health department joint secretary allowing all Delhi government hospitals with more than 500 beds to purchase medicines and consumables on their own.

“Bulk supply of medicines and consumables commonly used in all hospitals may be procured through open tenders by the CPA (Central Procurement Agency). Hospitals with more than 500 beds are allowed to do parallel tendering for procuring all medicines, consumables and equipment,” the order dated August 1, said.

Autonomous hospitals under Delhi government like Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences and Rajiv Gandhi Superspeciality hospital have also been asked to procure common drugs, consumables and equipment through the CPA. “For specialised medicines and specialised consumables and equipment, procurement shall be done by the said autonomous institutions,” the order read.

The move comes little over two months after a report presented to the chief minister showed that less than 50% medicines were available at several Delhi government hospitals. The chief minister had also received complaints about malfunctioning or dysfunctional equipment.

He had directed the chief secretary to take necessary actions to ensure 100% availability of medicines and proper functioning of all necessary equipment.

The heads of the hospitals with more than 500 beds have also been given the power to procure medical equipment that costs up to R 50 lakh per unit on their own. The government is also contemplating appointing a bio-medical engineer in all hospitals with more than 100 beds to ensure that all equipments are up and running.

The finance department has been asked to provide necessary budget to implement these changes.