Anthony puts health ministry’s procurements, drug shortages under scrutiny

Frank Anthony

While labelling the government’s proposed national budget a “borrow, tax and squander” one, PPP/C parliamentarian Dr. Frank Anthony yesterday took the Ministry of Public Health to task for its many procurement breaches, saying it was one of several areas of evident wasteful spending.

In his contribution to the National Assembly’s budget debate, which was at times punctuated by heated exchanges with government members, Anthony, a medical doctor by profession, focused his attention on the health sector and charged that there has been a steady decline of the allocation to the sector in recent years.

Anthony, who served as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport under the former PPP/C administration, declared that the country is getting no value for the money spent in the sector and he singled out procurement as a critical area where there has been waste…..

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