The current shortage of medicines at government hospitals nationwide is due to e-procurement and supply-related problems, the Dewan Negara was told today.
Deputy Health Minister Lee Boon Chye said the ministry had always paid serious attention to this issue, including directing suppliers to adhere to regulations even if they had to get supplies from other companies to ensure uninterrupted supply.
“The second problem is related to e-procurement, where supplies are sometimes interrupted.
“So the hospital has to limit medicine prescriptions to patients from one month to a week or two,” he said in reply to a question by Senator Zaiedi Suhaili during a question-and-answer session at the Dewan Negara today.
Meanwhile, Lee reiterated that the ministry does not intend to abolish the RM1 fee imposed on patients seeking treatment at government hospitals.
“We will ensure the welfare of the B40 low-income group continues to be taken care of and they get quality treatment, but the government also has budget constraints.”