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Gauteng medicine supply shortage ‘stabilised’

The Health MEC says supplier payments and new contracts were finalised by the end of last year.

FILE: Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu says the shortage of medicine at the province's hospitals has been stabilised. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu says the shortage of medicine at the province's hospitals has been stabilised and a new monitoring system has been set up to ensure each facility is able to get supplies as soon as possible.

Mahlangu says supplier payments and new contracts were finalised by the end of last year, but there are still some gaps in the system.

Several people from across Gauteng have reported a shortage in some chronic medication at state hospitals and Mahlangu says she will personally ensure this is resolved.

Mahlangu has also denied that the shortages are due to suppliers not being paid.

"Sometimes, they lie to the public and to the radio station that they're not delivering because we've not paid. In majority of the instances, the issue is no payment at all."