Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Firm cuts off food shipments to two Bulawayo hospitals

A major supplier of patients’ food to Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals has cut off grocery supplies to the two hospitals.

Sources said Willsgrove Farm Enterprises, which has a tender to provide the two hospitals with food stuffs from its supermarkets and vegetables from its fresh produce farms, stopped delivering food at the end of last month after the two hospitals had accumulated debts.

Supplies to Ingutsheni Central Hospital were not affected as the hospital was making efforts to pay its arrears.

Food supplies to patients have been erratic since deliveries stopped, a source said, adding it was a matter of time before stocks run out unless the debts are settled and supplies resumed.

“The company has suspended all its food supplies to the hospital and will only resume supplies on condition that the hospital clears the hefty amount owing,” said a source at Mpilo.

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