FMSTA members raise healthcare supply chain concerns with Authorities

Srinagar, Nov 21: Members of the Federation of Medical and Surgical Traders Association (FMSTA) held a crucial meeting today with the Managing Director of the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited to address pressing concerns affecting the healthcare supply chain in the UT.

The compelling issue at hand is the prolonged delay in payments, spanning several months, since the transition to the treasury mode. The association has formally submitted letters outlining the challenges faced by vendors in the current payment structure. The shift to the treasury mode has inadvertently resulted in a backlog of payments, posing a significant threat to the timely supply of life-saving medicines and other essential items crucial for hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Federation of Medical and Surgical Traders Association has expressed deep concern over the potential consequences of this delay, emphasizing that it may lead to acute shortages of essential drugs, putting the lives of patients at risk. The Association firmly believes that addressing this issue promptly is critical to maintaining the integrity of the healthcare system and ensuring the well-being of the people in the region.

In response to these concerns, the Managing Director has assured the association that immediate action will be taken. He has committed to bringing the matter to the attention of the Commissioner of Health and Medical Education.

The Managing Director has expressed his dedication to finding a swift and effective resolution to the payment issues, thereby preventing any disruption in the supply chain of vital medical supplies.

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The Federation of Medical and Surgical Traders Association acknowledged the Managing Director’s commitment to resolving the matter and remains hopeful that the necessary steps will be taken promptly to safeguard the healthcare infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir.

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