More overpriced CTs pop up in northern Slovakia

Žilina regional government ordered CT devices for its two hospitals in 2011, disadvantageous conditions of the transaction alleged.

Juraj BlanárJuraj Blanár(Source: TASR)

Two years after the scandal surrounding the overpriced CT device purchased for the Piešťany hospital brought down one of Smer’s top politicians, reports have surfaced concerning similar purchases in another region.

MP Miroslav Beblavý reported on October 10 that the regional government in Žilina, headed by governor and MP Juraj Blanár of Smer procured two CT devices for its hospitals in Trstená and Liptovský Mikuláš for a price that was €825,000 higher than the price offered by a competitor in the procurement tender. Governor Blanár insists that everything was done in line with the law and that none of the tender participants complained about the tender conditions prior to the auction.

Yet the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) has confirmed for Denník N that it intends to check on the procurement of the CT devices.

Cheap device, expensive service

Even though there was an electronic auction for the order, the offer that in hindsight proved to be the most expensive from the three participants in the auction, won it, Beblavý claims in his analysis of the procurement tender.

This conclusion results from the fact that the regional government ordered both the device and the post-guarantee service for it. The company INTES Poprad, which supplies CT devices made by the American company General Electric, won the procurement for the device at a price of €790,000, compared to the offers of its two competitors, Siemens (€1.447 million) and SaT Slovakia (€1.603 million). Blanár signed the contract with the winning firm on December 21, 2011.

What is the ministry's response to the purchases of overpriced CTs in Slovak hospitals? Should Blanar step down?

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Opposition fails to recall Education Minister Lubyová

The reason was the dubious distribution of the state's stimuli for science and research.

Education Minister Martina Lubyová (SNS nominee)

Brexit: Fulfilling the wishes of the dead

It is supposed to be honourable to respect the last wishes of the deceased. But is it also reasonable to sacrifice the life perspectives of those remaining?

Foreigners in Slovakia promote the ice hockey world championship

In videos, they tell fans from abroad that Slovakia has much to offer.

Mascot of 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia, bear Macejko.

Caregiver Dušan, a breadwinning father working in Austria, will earn €6,000 less this year

The Austrian government has cut down child benefits for Slovak parents working in Austria if their children live in Slovakia. The European Commission regards the measure to be discriminatory.

The Valach family