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Health Minister heads tender overseeing committee to eliminate malpractices

2013 Jul 07

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Health Ministry has decided to take stern action against contractors and suppliers who after wining tender bids fail to deliver the goods or construct buildings on time.

Any supplier or contractor who constantly delays the supply of drugs or fails to construct a building on time will be blacklisted, according to the Health Ministry.

In a bid to eliminate the Health Ministry tender board malpractices a high level committee was appointed by Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday to oversee its activities.

The committee comprising the Minister as Chairman, Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, Director General Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala and Cosmetic Devices and Drug Regulatory Authority Director Dr. Hemantha Beneragama would investigate the complaints received from various parties. It will also be responsible for investigating complaints on tenders issued to contractors to build new hospital complexes and extensions, the Health Ministry said.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told The Island that his Ministry had been receiving an avalanche of complaints from Ministry officials that most drug suppliers and contractors were flouting their contractual obligations. "I appointed a committee to investigate such complaints. If any person or group who is offered a tender to supply drugs and any contractor who delays construction work will never be able get tenders from any state institution. They will be blacklisted and I will submit the list of blacklisted contractors and suppliers to the Cabinet."

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