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August 13, 2022

Cabinet revolutionises procurement system for hospitals

Health Ministry, the sole institution entitled to conduct the public tenders.

The government yesterday passed an emergency ordinance on the centralized procurement by the Ministry of Health of hospital products which will drastically change the way the system worked.  “We are to issue an order that will stipulate which items to centralize, and the methodology to be pursued by the ministry so that the tenders are conducted in transparent fashion,” Health Minister Raed Arafat said during the session.According to the health senior official, the centralized procurement of certain medicines, medical materials and equipment will lead to price reductions given the large volumes to be put out to tender nationwide and shorter time intervals between tenders, which will prevent supply discontinuities.   Raed Arafat showed that the tenders will be held on medicines contained in national programs, as well as low-priced cancer medicines high performance equipment, including medical computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging equipment, monitoring or ventilation equipment where centralized procurement can led to reductions of up to half of catalogue prices  A public procurement ministerial unit will be set up, made up of 10-11 people, with additional staff temporarily deployed from public medical units, depending on tenders.Arafat pointed out that the ministry would hold consultations with in-field aimed at the drafting of technical proceedings and tender books in order that technical details are avoided that could restrict centralized public tender participation or make it more difficult. The Ordinance establishes that the Health Ministry will make procurements for hospitals in its own network and that of the local public administrative authorities, given price difference of up to ten times from one unit to another.The Ministry will therefore be ascertained as a centralized procurement unit. Currently, each hospital/bed based medical unit takes care of procurements on an individual basis, including medicines, medical materials and equipment, protective equipment, services, automotive fuels and lubricants.

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