All major tertiary government hospitals in hyderabad, districts, and even healthcare facilities falling under the ESI Directorate (Employee State Insurance) are facing the possibility of running out of life-saving drugs in the coming weeks, with the Twin Cities Hospitals Suppliers Association (TCHSA) deciding to stop supplying drugs until their outstanding bills are paid.
Since the beginning of the year, the State government and even the ESI Directorate, which governs ESI Hospitals in hyderabad, have owed TCHSA members a whopping Rs 400 crore in unpaid invoices. With several submissions made to the health department and other authorities for speedy clearing of pending invoices failing to elicit a response, the TCHSA, which has over 1500 members, has ceased selling pharmaceuticals to government and ESI hospitals for the last few weeks.
During a media encounter in march of this year, TCHSA officials, including President S Ramchand, cautioned that if authorities continued to postpone the release of pending invoices, they would be unable to sustain their business model. TCHSA members stated on friday that the case has now been closed. "For the last two months, we have been asking state government officials and ESI officials to resolve the outstanding debts. So yet, nobody has offered us any assurances. "We are unable to supply life-saving drugs," claimed Girish Bhatt, a senior pharma distributor from Hyderabad.
While TCHSA's supply of medicines to hospitals has been halted, senior officials at telangana Medical services and Infrastructure Development Corporation (TGMSIDC) said that individual State-run tertiary hospitals have enough buffer stock of medicines to last at least the next three to four months.

Superintendents and top physicians at osmania general hospital (OGH), gandhi Hospital, Fever Hospital, Niloufer Hospital, and others in hyderabad have said that there is now enough supply of medications.
"We do have access to funds with Hospital Development Society (HDS) that fall directly under the jurisdiction of Superintendent who can independently procure medicines from other available sources," said authorities in the health sector.

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