THE parliamentary committee on social services has said the National Medical Stores (NMS) should not be privatised.
The committee was meeting the NMS Board of Directors and Management at Entebbe Botanical Beach Hotel yesterday.
The MPs reiterated their stand after receiving information from a board member, Muyanja Mbabaali, that NMS was moved from 100% privatisation to partial privatisation.
Committee chairperson Dorothy Hyuha said the committeeâ€™s stand was â€œno privatisationâ€ of NMS. â€œWe committed ourselves as Government to no cost-sharing in government hospitals,â€ she said.
She added that local governments have been getting credit facilities from the corporation.
The committeeâ€™s report on the policy statement of the Ministry of Health for the financial year 2002/2003, objected to privatisation of such a key sector.
It observed that President Yoweri Museveniâ€™s election manifesto 2001 pledged to give free medical care to the poor.
NMS must not be privatised, MPs insist