Piešťany hospital director steps down over CT device scandal

THE BOARD of directors of the Piešťany hospital dismissed Mária Domčeková from her post as the hospital’s director.

Mária DomčekováMária Domčeková (Source: SME)

She and another seven people have recently been accused by the police in the case of an overpriced purchase of a computer tomography device set, the Sme daily reported.

The hospital will now be led by its deputy Štefan Koňa.

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The Piešťany hospital had announced a tender to purchase a CT Somatom Definition AS produced by Siemens in 2012 for roughly €1 million with VAT; however, after officials from the ruling Smer party took control of the hospital, the management cancelled the deal and announced a new tender for a more expensive device, TV Markíza reported on October 30, 2014.

The winning bid by Medical Group SK of almost €1.6 million for a Philips Ingenuity Core 128 CT scanner was €600,000 higher than the CT device from the cancelled tender, the Sme daily reported. At the time of the deal, Zmajkovičová headed the hospital’s supervisory board.

The scandal surrounding the CT device has claimed several senior heads already, including then-health minister Zuzana Zvolenská, then-parliamentary deputy speaker Renáta Zmajkovičová of Smer, who sat at the top of the hospital’s supervisory board, and also then-speaker of parliament Pavol Paška, who had links with the winning company.

The scandal also resulted in thousands of people protesting in the streets.

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