Tuesday, May 26, 2015

James: Department of health lacks proper planning

Loyiso Langeni
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 added.

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