BANGKOK- Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health Somsak Akksilp, MD, chaired a workshop on developing and improving a system for purchasing medicine and medical equipment.
The workshop suggested that the most optimal way to purchase medical supplies is to group up hospitals and place an order together, which would give the group the upper hand in negotiations over the suppliers. The workshop was in line with the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s guidelines and the Cabinet’s policies.
In addition, a talk on using “e-bidding” to purchase medical supplies online was held by Associate Professor Kitti Pitaknitinan, the President of the Pharmacy Council of Thailand.
The workshop was attended by about 400 representatives from general hospitals, community hospitals, provincial hospitals, inspectors general, regional senior medical officers, and other related authorities.