Health expenditure only 10% of Govt. sector waste – PB


By Don Asoka Wijewardena


Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera said the Government annually spends Rs 14 billion on the purchase of drugs for hospitals. That amount was just 10 per cent of the annual waste in the Government sector.

Addressing the inauguration of the Health Advisory Council, at the BMICH last week, he said the Government allocates Rs 76 billion annually for the health sector but the state sector waste was a staggering Rs 140 billion per year.

Dr. Jayasundera said that despite financial constraints and the global financial crisis the government would not cut down expenditure on education and health.

People blamed the Finance Ministry for the shortage of drugs stating that enough funds had not been released for purchases, but despite the blame and criticism the Finance Ministry releases the required funds to keep the hospitals running and maintain health services.

He advised officials of the Health Ministry to manage the allocated funds properly without waste and refrain from irregularities and malpractices.

"The Treasury will not hesitate to release money to the health sector because the needs of this sector should be prioritized. Loss of lives can not be measured in terms of money", Dr.Jayasundera said.



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