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Health Ministry will search for hospital investor in 2015

DESPITE the original plan to a start competition to find investor for new modern hospital in Bratislava worth €250 million, the Health Ministry will launch the competition only in the beginning of 2015. This stems from the advance notification published in the public procurement bulletin on December 15.

DESPITE the original plan to a start competition to find investor for new modern hospital in Bratislava worth €250 million, the Health Ministry will launch the competition only in the beginning of 2015. This stems from the advance notification published in the public procurement bulletin on December 15.

“The purpose of the advance notification is only to provide potential applicants the basic information about procurement that is currently being prepared,” ministry spokeswoman Martina Šoltésová said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

She added that the competition will be announced in the beginning of next year. The first estimates suggested that the competition might have been declared in October 2014. The ministry plans to arrange the procurement in form of concession procured by the competitive dialogue procedure. Its subject will be proposal, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the hospital, including providing the health care and securing education of students, as reported by SITA.

The Health Ministry does not want to provide more information and plans to comment on the procurement at the press conference scheduled for December 19.

Medical Chamber President Marian Kollár describes the project of new hospital as secret because almost no professional company knows about it. He added that the hospital will not be fully in the hands of the state. According to him, the university hospital as an end medical facility that should provide the health care and secure the education should not be run by private company. He calls it de facto privatisation.

“Any financial group will operate this university hospital, the primary interest will not be medical, but economic,” Kollár added, as quoted by SITA.

The ministry led the so-called pre-qualification dialogue during autumn, which preceded the public procurement. There are together 19 potential investors interested in the project of new hospital, including J&T Real Estate, Svet Zdravia (which belongs to Penta), Agel, Erste Group AG, ČSOB and ING Bank, as reported by SITA.

The new hospital is planned to be built as public-private partnership project. It should be completed in 2017. Except for providing health care it should also serve as teaching and research institution. It is projected to withstand 40,000 hospitalisations a year.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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