26 May 2015
The Democratic Alliance said
it is concerned that a failure in supply chain management is being put on the
companies making children’s ARVs.
This follows the Department of
the Health’s statement that reports regarding shortage of medication is not
true and that the only shortage is that of Abacavir used to treat children.
DA MP of Health Wilmot James
said quality healthcare is crucial to the well-being and dignity of South Africans
and should not be compromised by the Departments unacceptable failure to
consider the impact on public healthcare recipients.
James added that they have
learnt that there is responsibility on the side of government when it comes to,
when tenders are put out. What the estimates are of the drug needs has to be
accumulated in order to supply hospital and clinics.
“I will be putting some
parliamentary questions to ask Minister Motsoaledi what exactly government
roles in shortage that we have, which of course is unacceptable and we believe
that there is a lack of proper planning on the part of the department health.” James
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