M’sian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion wants full trans­parency in medicine pro­cure­ment

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KUALA LUMP UR: The Malaysian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion ( MMA) wants a proper and clean pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dure for med­i­cal sup­plies and full trans­parency of all con­ces­sion­aire agree­ments for the sup­ply of med­i­ca­tion to govern­ment hos­pi­tals and clin­ics na­tion­wide.

MMA pres­i­dent Dr Ravin­dran Naidu was re­spond­ing to a re­port pub­lished in Free Malaysia To­day, “Shocking ex­pose of com­pa­nies be­long­ing to politi­cians, roy­alty and of­fi­cials linked to the pre­vi­ous govern­ment in multi- bi l lion medicine mo­nop­oly,” on June 13.

“The MMA has noted with great con­cern and sad­ness about the al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing promi­nent in­di­vid­u­als linked to third par­ties and com­pa­nies, as a re­sult in­creas­ing the cost of drugs sup­plied to the govern­ment by ex­clu­sive con­trol and ex­ploit­ing the sup­ply chain.

“It is im­per­a­tive and es­sen­tial that the govern­ment medicine ten­der­ing process be made trans­par­ent, ac­count­able and this process be avail­able to all stake­hold­ers,” he said in a state­ment here yes­ter­day.

Dr Ravin­dran said that medicine ac­qui­si­tion ten­der prices should be promi­nently dis­played to the public. As such, he said the MMA called for an open and trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into such se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions that not only threat­ened the lives and health of all cit­i­zens but the core foun­da­tion of the na­tion.

“We must es­tab­lish the heal­ing process of this na­tion by de­plet­ing all the leak­ages and ex­cess and pro­vide a health­ier and safer Malaysia for all its cit­i­zens,” he added.

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