Beblavý: Žilina Region bought overpriced CTs

Though runners-up in the competition offered scanners for a higher purchase price, their five-years service would cost only 1 cent.

Computer tomography scanner. Illustrative stock photoComputer tomography scanner. Illustrative stock photo (Source: Sme)

The Žilina Region (ŽSK) bought two computer tomography (CT) scanners for hospitals in Trstená and Liptovský Mikuláš (both northern Slovakia) in 2011 overpriced by more than €800,000, said non-affiliated MP Miroslav Beblavý, the TASR newswire reported.

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After his statement, Beblavý asked the chairman of the region, MP for the Smer Juraj Blanár to giving up both his chair.

“Blanár invited the bids, signed both contracts and thus carries not only political, but also full legal and personal responsibility for the case,” said Beblavý on October 10, as quoted by TASR.

Beblavý explained that ŽSK invited bids for purchase of the devices, an after-guarantee (after two years) service included, which was taken up by four candidates one of which was knocked out. “Three other contractors embarked in a furious clash in the electronic auction, leaving the most expensive as the winner,” Beblavý said.

Blanár signed two contracts with the winner of the competition, a company called INTES, Poprad, according to which ŽSK would buy both CTs for a total of €790,000, VAT included. Two months later, Blanár signed a five-years contract with the company for after-guarantee service.

"Over the first three years ŽSK has to pay, according to the contract, €1,290,000 and in the following two years €192,000, seven years of operation of CTs from INTES therefore costs €2,272,000,” Beblavý told TASR.

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INTES’s competitors offered significantly cheaper packages, according to Beblavý, Siemens wanted to sell the devices together for €1,447,000 and planned to provide service only for 1 cent, the company S&T Slovakia wanted €1,630,000 for the devices and also offered service for 1 cent and both companies were to ensure an after-guarantee service at minimum for five years. Thereby, taxpayers have lost €824,999 and the actual price was 57 percent higher than the most advantageous offer, Beblavý said.

“It is just like the case with the CT in Piešťany where the device was at first purchased for €1,000,000, but in a later competition the price should be €1,600,000,” Beblavý said.

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In addition, Beblavý stressed that ŽSK now pays €17,916 per month for the scanners, if the hospitals cannot settle prematurely, while the region will pay for services for more than two years and each of the hospitals will lose more than €420,000.

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