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HCM City — The public assets procurement centre for the city’s healthcare sector was dissolved under a decision by HCM City’s People’s Committee.
The dissolution aims at increasing self-reliance of public hospitals and medical centres while purchasing medicines and medical equipment.
Under the decision, public hospitals and medical centres will undertake the purchase of medicines and medical equipment as per the Law on Bidding.
The centre will transfer its assets, finance, facilties, stamp, debts and related issues to relevant agencies.
Nguyễn Tấn Bình, director of HCM City’s Healthcare Department, admitted that the centre had faced many difficulties when organising tenders to purchase medicines and medical equipment for all public hospitals and clinics.
This was because there are a lot of items for purchase and demand of each hospital was different, he said.
Besides this, depending on the centre’s bidding had reduced the self-reliance of hospitals and pushed hospitals into difficult circumstances if the winners of bids were unable to provide the medicines or equippment on time.
In fact, for three years since the centre was set up, the procurement of medicines and medical equipment through the bidding had not been effective, according to municipal People’s Committee deputy chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Thu.
Therefore, making hospitals self-reliant while purchasing necessary items was neccessary, she said.
Hospitals would take responsibility for the purchase, which would be supervised by the People’s Committe, the decision noted.
The centre for public assets procurement of the city’s healthcare sector was established in 2013. — VNS