Govt to take over medical labs in 2019

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009

THE Government will take over the management of the Health Ministry’s medical laboratory and store from concessionaire Pharmaniaga Bhd in 2019.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the Pharmaceutical Services Division had suggested the takeover as it would lead to significant savings.

“From the list of medicine supplied, 370 types of medicine (25%) were supplied by Pharmaniaga which in turn received the supplies from its network of 55 small suppliers,” she told Hee Loy Sian (PKR – Petaling Jaya Selatan).

Pharmaniaga’s concession agreement on the medical laboratory and store had been extended for 10 years from Dec 1, she said.

On Khairy Jamaluddin’s (BN – Rembau) supplementary question on why the privatisation was not taken over by the Government on Dec 1, Rosnah said the ministry received the proposal in March to continue with the concession but the division did not object to the concession renewal.

Khairy also asked whether the tender was open to other players when the Government was considering extending Pharmaniaga’s concession.

He was also perplexed as to why the terms and conditions were being negotiated over the next six months after agreement was extended, noting that the company’s managing director, Mohamad Abdullah, had said on Dec 5 that the agreement was subject to terms and conditions which could be negotiated over a period of six months from Dec 1.

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