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HEALTH Secretary Pascoe Kase is aware of the current shortage of medical supplies and consumables, and he and his team are in regular contact with health services to determine the high-priority supplies of concern.
Mr Kase said this yesterday in response to a number of concerns raised by the community, and some public hospitals, regarding the shortage of medical supplies and some critical medicines.
“I am aware of the very legitimate concerns expressed by the community, and of the doubts this issue has raised in the capacity of the health system to deliver timely and appropriate care.”
“I did not want the community or my colleagues in health services to form the view that nothing is happening to address the shortages.” He said that during the past two months, a large number of orders have been placed for the urgent delivery of medicines and other supplies.
Mr Kase said a number of these supplies have been delivered and distributed; however, a disturbing quantity of orders have yet to be delivered, despite a number of efforts to encourage suppliers.
Mr Kase, and his procurement experts, met with representatives from a number of firms to discuss why it was not possible to meet the urgent requirement of the health system. He said it was a “positive and instructive meeting” for all parties, and a number of issues were identified. “This included communication issues, problems, at times, with the department’s ordering strategy and concerns over payments being received in a timely fashion.”