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Former health boss denies financial misreporting

The former head of the state-owned Health Rescue Service (ZDZS) in Bratislava, Mikuláš Dunda, has spoken out in response to accusations made by Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik on Tuesday, April 12, the TASR newswire reported.

The former head of the state-owned Health Rescue Service (ZDZS) in Bratislava, Mikuláš Dunda, has spoken out in response to accusations made by Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik on Tuesday, April 12, the TASR newswire reported.

Uhliarik stated that recent audits had shown inflated figures in ZDZS Bratislava’s accounts, and alleged that the company had reported false profits instead of actual losses.

In response, Dunda claimed that when he left ZDZS all of its financial obligations were settled, so he does not understand how any losses could have emerged. Uhliarik on Tuesday commented that it was the second case in a short time that featured the same problem. “It appears that during the tenure of the former government creative bookkeeping was very popular, as was the case at [state-owned health insurer] VšZP. The same bookkeeping characteristics have been found in ZDZS, this time even turning red figures into black. Profits were reported on paper, but under close inspection these profits turned into losses,” Uhliarik said.

Audits launched after the current ZDZS management arrived in January have shown that operations in 2009 and 2010 resulted in losses and not profits, the minister claimed. Looking into the figures more closely, Uhliarik said that a reported profit of €4,300 in 2009 actually turned out to be a loss of €176,000. As for the 2010 figures, a profit of €157,000 was in fact a loss of €229,200. Furthermore, Uhliarik emphasised, the declared profits were used to calculate the former management’s salary bonuses. He added that the ministry would demand that the bonuses be returned. Uhliarik also said that audits in ZDZS have found disarray practically everywhere they looked.

Commenting on some allegedly unrealised contracts, Dunda said that these had been carried out before he came to ZDZS. The current ZDZS director, Vratko Šoka, said that criminal complaints would be filed over the matter.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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