Health Minister Nouredin Doughman has said that the Medical Supply Organization (MSO), the centralised state body for purchasing medicine, should be scrapped.
It was created by the Gaddafi regime when it nationalised the purchasing of medicines in Libya, and was considered inefficient and corrupt and responsible for shortages during the Gaddafi years.
Libya Herald quotes Doughman as saying that he preferred, as a doctor as well as a Minister, that hospitals ordered their own medicines under the guidance of the MSO and his Ministry.
He admitted that some medicines will need to be centralized – but the majority should be purchased by hospitals directly. The Standard Medicines List was, he said, out of date and prone to discrepancies.
(Source: Libya Herald)