Defaulting firms would face blacklisting and debarring from participating in the tender process for a period up to five years
SRINAGAR: Shortage of drugs in hospitals has made the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation (JKMSC) warn of blacklisting pharmaceutical firms if they fail to supply drugs within stipulated time.
An official order issued by the corporation last week warned of blacklisting drug manufacturing companies if they fail to provide the consignments of supplies within the stipulated time. The issuing of the order indicates that pharmaceutical companies have not been supplying drugs to the corporation in sufficient quantity and on time. This has caused a dearth of drugs in hospitals, especially in rural areas, but the corporation has been denying this fact.
“It has been observed that some firms/ manufacturers have failed to execute the supplies against the supply orders issued on January 1, 2017, by JKMSC within stipulated period as prescribed in purchase orders. It is enjoined upon all the firms and suppliers to execute the order within seven days from the date of issuance of this circular, (and) if failing, JKMSC will have the right to take any legal action as admissible under various clauses of NIT,” read the order issued on April 18.
The order said the defaulting firms would face blacklisting and debarring from participating in the tender process for a period up to five years.
An official of the health department said that issuing the warning to drug manufacturing companies is an admission of the fact that the corporation is struggling with the dearth of drugs. “The corporation is supplying those drugs to hospitals that are already rotting there, while the drugs badly needed in hospitals are missing. It is an irony that the drug manufacturers who have been allotted contracts for drug supply have not been abiding the supply orders of the corporation,” he said.
Another official, requesting anonymity, said that the refusal of the corporation to issue non-availability certificates (NACs) to the hospital authorities has furthered the mess. “As the hospital authorities have been strictly directed not to purchase any medicine on their own from the market, we can only purchase the medicine if the corporation issues non-availability certificate for the same, which they refuse in order to hide their failures. Higher-ups should take a note of it as we cannot make patients suffer for long,” the official said.
JKMSC Managing Director Dr Yashpal Sharma said, “The directive might have been issued for the advance supply as we want to keep the drugs available at our stores for coming times.”
On April 26, Kashmir Reader reported about shortage of drugs in hospitals and the refusal of the corporation to issue non-availability certificates (NAC) to hospital authorities on the basis of which they could purchase vital drugs on their own. The corporation had denied any such shortage while speaking to Kashmir Reader.