Selection of ambulance operator questioned

The Health Ministry considers submitting a criminal complaint.

Ambulances will have new dominant operator.Ambulances will have new dominant operator. (Source: SITA)

The tender to replace the operator of the biggest network of ambulances in Slovakia, Falck, has raised several questions. As the Sme daily reported, the winner of the tender, LSE – Life Star Emergency from Limbach (Bratislava Region), had links to several members of the commission that decided on the result.

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Former colleagues from the ministry

LSE – Life Star Emergency will operate 107 of 328 emergency service stations, making it the biggest operator of ambulances in Slovakia. Before the tender, run by the Health Care Surveillance Authority (ÚDZS), it ran only 30 stations.

The biggest operator for years was Falck Záchranná, whose owner unexpectedly decided to leave the market in mid-July.

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