Suppliers halt medical equipment to state and university hospitals over 6 billion TL debt
Numerous suppliers of medical equipment have had to discontinue supplying products and equipment to state and university hospitals due to their outstanding stake of 6 billion TL, CHP (Republican People's Party) deputy Murat Emir said, according to a report in Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet on Saturday.
Emir accused the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) of neglecting both citizens and producers, stating that sector representatives have reported halting product and device supplies to university hospitals.
According to Emir, industry representatives are reporting that they are unable to receive payment from the state for the products and devices they have supplied, leaving them unable to source new supplies or continue production.
Emir said that warnings had been issued to the government for years, but the problem continued to grow due to inaction. Emir went on to say that some of the debts were outstanding for two years.
A lack of communication between institutions on the issue is adding to the problem. Creditors are going to the Ministry of Health, who in turn refer them to the Ministry of Treasury and Finance. The latter, in turn, refers them to the Social Security Institution (SGK), which states that they have already paid the hospital and the creditors should go there to collect their money. Some hospitals are using the funds allocated by the SGK for their own purposes, such as constructing additional buildings or meeting other needs, as they are also unable to receive adequate funding.