CURRENT supervisory boards of hospitals operating as non-profit organisations with state nominees will be split up and it will be up to regional and local authorities as well as NGOs to nominate new board members, Prime Minister Robert Fico stated on public service RTVS’s discussion programme on November 22.
According to Fico, such a measure should prevent scandals such as the one concerning an overpriced CT scanner bought by Piešťany Hospital from reoccurring. He promised that if any similar scandal appears again, he will act swiftly and called on the opposition to stop parasitising off of the scandal.
“It would be pathetic if I said that nothing similar would reoccur,” Fico said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Some elements involving a lack of transparency might always appear.”
The Piešťany scandal resulted in the resignation of Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská and supervisory board chair and parliamentary vice-chair Renáta Zmajkovičová.
Even so parliamentary chairman Pavol Paška resigned on the heels of the scandal, claiming it is a result of pressure on his family. Though leaders of Smer already know who will substitute Paška in the post of speaker of parliament, they have kept silent about the information as first they want to discuss it with other members of the party, private broadcaster TA3 reported.
Meanwhile, Police launched an investigation of a CT scanner purchase by the Piešťany hospital, head of the National Criminal Agency Daniel Goga divulged to Aktualne.sk website. The investigation pertains to the suspicion of the crime of violating duties when administering someone else’s property and legalisation of incomes from criminal activities.
Source: RTVS, TASR, TA3, Aktualne.sk
Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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24. Nov 2014 at 14:00