Bulgaria health ministry suspends public procurements started by ex-govt worth more than BGN 30 mln (ROUNDUP)22 August 2014 | 00:10 | FOCUS News Agency
The big news is that the interim ministry has stopped public procurements worth around BGN 30 million launched by the previous cabinet short before the end of its mandate.
“Public procurements started by the previous government in the very last days of its mandate were suspended,” Dr Miroslav Nenkov said.
“A big sum has been taken from the budget of the Ministry of Health over the revision of the budget of the National Health Insurance Fund. The drawing of this money will seriously hamper our work.
There will be a need to restructure all payments of the ministry,” the interim minister remarked.
“In the last days of the former government several very big public procurements were started, which immediately attracted our interest and attention because the cases concern huge sums of money,” Dr Nenkov said further, giving an example with a public procurement on electronic healthcare worth BGN 12 million.
“The procedure was suspended and the money will not be lost. It turned out that the German government has a programme that may train our experts there, at Germany’s expense, and we will seize this opportunity to send people to Germany to be trained in the field of electronic government,” Dr Nenkov explained.
Speaking at the press conference Bulgarian interim Minister of Health, Dr Miroslav Nenkov, said that there was a sum of BGN 5 million, which was allocated to be spent on repair works in the emergency medical aid services in the smaller towns and municipalities in Bulgaria. The minister explained that since the centres in the smaller settlements were sheltered at municipal hospitals the ministry did not have the right to execute any activities at a property it did not own. Thus, the money will remain at the ministry.
“Three directors of hospitals have been replaced in the frames of the mandate of the former management of the Ministry of Health. The reshuffles were to certain extent sudden and that is why I have ordered checks at these three hospitals,” Dr Miroslav Nenkov said.
“The checks are still underway and the results are not ready yet. It will take time, these are heavy hospitals and we need time to finalise the checks,” the interim minister remarked.
“I asked the experts with the ministry to make an inquiry and see the directors and boards of directors of which hospitals have been replaced since, let us say, from July until the end of the mandate of the former management, because I believe that the government knew it was leaving since mid-July,” Dr Nenkov said further.
“People, who have died on the streets, will not be handled by the emergency medical aid service in the capital Sofia but by the Alexandrovska Hospital,” the minister said.
The interim minister added that certain changes had been made in terms of the emergency medical aid. It will start working with all hospitals though exchange of information. In his words, the emergency aid and the hospitals will exchange information about the vacant beds at the medical establishments.
“This way the colleagues will know where to go directly,” Mr Nenkov remarked.
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