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Health Ministry to choose adviser for new hospital

THE HEALTH Ministry will announce a tender to find an adviser for a new university hospital in Bratislava, whose construction could be completed by 2016. The ministry will pay the adviser €900,000, without VAT. The competition should last until the end of January 2014.

THE HEALTH Ministry will announce a tender to find an adviser for a new university hospital in Bratislava, whose construction could be completed by 2016. The ministry will pay the adviser €900,000, without VAT. The competition should last until the end of January 2014.

The hospital should be built by a private investor for €250 million, and should substitute some of the existing premises of the University Hospital in Bratislava (UNB). The state plans to choose the investor by the end of this year, the SITA newswire reported on October 28.

The main task of the adviser will be to prepare a complex study on the construction of the new hospital, which will include separate technical, financial and legal sections. Once the study is complete, the adviser will serve as a consultant for the whole project.

The ministry has already defined the basic framework of the project, but it needs to discuss the necessary expertise to prepare the study, which can apply for Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, said Ivan Poprocký, head of the Institute of Health Policy, as reported by SITA.

The private investor should supervise the construction and operation of the new hospital, but it will be owned by the state. In return, the state will offer the investor long-term health insurer contracts, according to the ministry’s plans, the Sme daily wrote.

Poprocký said it will be important to define the role of the state and the private investor for the structure of the new hospital to avoid negative examples of similar arrangements seen abroad, when the state could not invest in new technologies because the private investor disagreed with it, as reported by SITA.

However, Poprocký admitted that a private investor might not be interested in this kind of project. Even if the state fails to find an investor, the money spent on the study will not be wasted, as the state will still be able to use it for construction of the hospital, SITA wrote.

Yet, Sme wrote that some big players, like Penta financial group and businessman Ivan Kmotrík, said they are interested in the plan.

The new hospital should have about 775 beds, and should be able to handle 40,000 hospitalisations per year. It should stand in the area of the current Hospital of St Michal in Patrónka. It will be part of the BioMedPark project, which includes medical treatment and scientific research facilities, SITA wrote.

Source: SITA, Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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