- Since the past few days, government hospitals in Maharashtra are facing an acute shortage of medicine.
- Due to the non-availability of medicines, poor and needy patients are suffering the most.
- The government has delegated the powers to govt hospitals’ deans to purchase medicines directly from the market to tackle the shortfall.
Deans of state-run medical colleges and government hospitals can now purchase medicines worth Rs one lakh daily directly from the market. After facing an unprecedented medicine supply crises in government hospitals, the Maharashtra government has finally increased the limit of purchase from Rs 5,000 to 1 lakh.
On Tuesday, the opposition Ministers of Legislative Assembly raised the issue of unprecedented medicine crisis in the government hospitals in the state Legislative Council.
The state Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan, informed the Legislative Council about the decision.
While informing the Legislative Council, Mahajan, said, “The government took this decision to increase the daily purchase limit of the dean of state-run medical colleges and government hospital. Now, the deans can purchase medicines worth rupees one lakh daily.”
Girish Mahajan further added, “The government is taking all necessary measures to make sure that the state-run hospitals do not run out of essential medicine supply.”
- In 2017, the state government has given all the medicine procurement rights to the Haffkine Institute.
- Meanwhile, NCP MP Supriya Sule has also raised the issue of shortage of medicine on twitter.
“This is a serious issue that there is an acute shortage of medicine in government hospitals. Government hospital is the only way for the poor and needy to seek treatment. If there is a shortage of medicine in the state-run hospital there where would the poor go?” Supriya Sule said.