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Delhi HC panel outlines steps for 2-month pharmacy stock of drugs



2 months’ stock to pharmacies, Delhi HC panel lists steps on drugs, ET HealthWorld

A committee appointed by the Delhi High Court has recommended various measures to address the infrastructure issues plaguing Delhi government hospitals. The committee, headed by Dr. SK Sarin, has suggested maintaining two months’ inventory of essential medicines, opening Jan Aushadhi Kendras in hospitals for emergencies, and ensuring adequate pharmacy and storage space. These recommendations are aimed at improving the procurement and supply of medicines in state-run and MCD hospitals.

The committee has proposed immediate measures, such as ready-made rate contracts and delegation of financial powers to maintain inventory. Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj had highlighted the shortage of medicines in Delhi government hospitals, attributing it to delays in the tendering process. However, officials have assured the availability of essential medicines and instructed hospitals to procure them locally if needed.

In the short and intermediate term, the committee recommends constructing standard pharmacy and storage facilities in hospitals. In the long term, they suggest strengthening the central procurement agency and implementing e-governance systems for uninterrupted supply. The court has directed the implementation of these measures within specific timelines, emphasizing the importance of addressing the infrastructure challenges in healthcare delivery.

Overall, the committee’s recommendations aim to streamline the procurement and supply chain of medicines in government hospitals, ensuring better access and availability for patients in need. The concerted efforts of various stakeholders, including government officials and healthcare providers, are vital in implementing these reforms for the overall improvement of healthcare services in Delhi.

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