Insurance company ignores minister, buys pricey IT system

The state insurance company Slovenská poisťovňa (SP) has purchased an IT system from CSC Computing, despite ministry representatives walking out of an SP board meeting last week saying that the system was too expensive.

The departure of Labour Minister Ľudovít Kaník was intended to remove quorum from the committee so that the decision-making process could not go ahead. However, SP director Miroslav Knitl made the purchase anyway, saying that he did not require the board's permission to do so.

CSC Computing reduced its price of Sk167.35 million (4.07 million euro) quoted at last week's meeting, but is still Sk27 million (660,000 euro) more expensive than its rival, IBM. The IT system is intended to administer health and accident insurance.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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