A LOT of lives of citizens were lost because the health system had failed them, according to the Public Accounts Committee.
Committee chairman Sir John Pundari said they had completed the first draft of the inquiry into the Health Department’s procurement and supply of medicines. It showed many problems and flaws in the system.
“The report revealed a lot of failure on the part of the Health Department.
“There was medicine shortage, lives lost. I mean the facts speak for themselves,” he said.
“Our systems have failed the people, and we must ensure that our mistakes are not repeated.”
Sir John said the report would be tabled in Parliament during its August sitting.
There will also be recommendations on how the health system can be improved.
“We must ensure that people do not profit from the health of our people,” he said.
The inquiry began in October following public outcry over the awarding of two Government contracts worth K100mil to the Borneo Pacific Pharmaceutical in August.
Sir John said the inquiry was put on hold following the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. The Public Accounts Committee will begin an inquiry into the Education Department and its tuition fee-free policy on August 6.
“We will resume three weeks from now and will conduct an inquiry into the Education Department’s TFF policy.
“We will also continue with the inquiry into the sale of the Old Parliament,” he said. The National / PNG Health News
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