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BMC Hospitals to face medicine shortage from Thursday

Mumbai | Civic-run hospitals in Mumbai might face shortage of medicines from Thursday with suppliers suspending drug supply to protest blacklisting of their colleague since Tuesday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Wednesday said they were not informed about the “sudden move” and claimed that the hospitals have adequate stock of medicines.

The AIFDLH (All India Food and Drug License Holder Association), which controls more than 90 percent of drug supply to civic hospitals, said the effect of shortage would be felt from Thursday.

AIFDLH president Abhay Pandey on Wednesday alleged that the BMC had blacklisted a genuine supplier of medicines.

“When the BMC had blacklisted one errant supplier then we had not objected to it. But, this time, the civic body has blacklisted a genuine supplier because of which we feel offended. The concerned supplier had paid penalty for delaying drugs but still he was blacklisted, which is the violation of the contract,” he alleged.

Pandey said the AIFDLH has 44 members who supply tablets and capsules in 24 hospitals, 33 maternity homes and 178 dispensaries across the city.

When contacted, Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Joshi told PTI: “We have not been informed about any such move. We have no official communication in this regard and there is no dearth of medicines and drugs”.

Meanwhile, an AIFDLH member said the BMC often delays payments of suppliers. “BMC should act against those officials who delay our bill payments and the medical superintendents who pull us up over a slight delay in supplying drugs,” he said.

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