CM assures to regularise supply of medicines to Govt hospitals

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jul 2018 09:23:29


Staff Reporter,

Govt is switching over to new procedure, routing medicine purchases through State run Haffkine institute, to end controversy that dogs medicine procurement every year

Supply of medicines to the Government hospitals would start normalising by July end, assured Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday in the legislative assembly.
New standard operating procedures (sops) for medicine purchases is in final stages. Government is switching over to new procedure, routing medicine purchases through State run Haffkine institute, to end controversy that dogs medicine procurement every year.

Intervening in the discussion during question hour, Chief Minister further said some teething problems arise whenever switching over to new system but now thing are being sorted.
Earlier, Vijay Deshmukh, Minister of State for Public Health, said that to tide over shortage of medicines power are given to source 10 per cent medicines locally till State policy is finalised.

However, Opposition MLAs were on their legs saying the 10 per cent cap is not going to ensure supply of critical medicines to hospitals. Ajit Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, said that why should poor be taxed if government is unable to finalise its policy in time.

At the outset, Anil Babar pointed out to minister that there is shortage of medicines in three rural hospitals in Sangli district and same situation persists all over the State. Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Leader of Opposition, was promptly on his feet objecting to statement of MoS Vijay Deshmukh saying information furnished by opposition legislator is wrong. The contention was upheld by speaker Haribhau Bagde, saying information given by any member in the house be treated as truth.

Govt pondering over merger of 2 health schemes Maharashtra Government is contemplating merging the Central Government's Ayushman Bharat with Mahatma Fule Jeevandayi Arogya Yojana to extract maximum benefits
from both health insurance schemes. This was informed on Monday by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during reply to question from Atul Bhatkhalkar of BJP and others.

We are studying various models of health insurance schemes in other States and soon take a decision on Ayushman Bharat. Fadnavis further said there is another option, that of taking Central Government aid and using the same for State run scheme, also there are some hybrid schemes, etc. and our aim is to ensure larger health coverage, which ever the scheme.

Participating in discussion, Prithviraj Chavan of congress, said that Ayushman Bharat scheme is flawed as it excludes nearly 60 per cent of population. He praised the state's health insurance scheme and asked for combining features of two to get the best.

Chief Minister further informed that in new policy they are laying stressing on empaneling hospitals in tehsils where tie-up is not done. Nearly 255 tehsils in state do not have hospital empanelment and hence in new tender we are going for the same. Answering a querry, he also said action would be initiated against hospitals if they are found to be indulging in cut practices or other illegalities.