Health Minister To Stand Down Over Dubious Tender
Health minister Zuzana Zvolenska will be stepping down as minister after the media disclosed the purchase of a special CT machine at three times the regular price for the hospital in Piestany.
Zvolenska was called to stand down by Prime Minister Robert Fico after no satisfactory explanation could be found as to why the hospital had to pay three times the market prices for the specialised equipment.
The Alexander Winter hospital in Piestany paid around EUR 1.5 million for the machine, while a Czech hospital paid just EUR 540,000 or so for the same machine earlier this year, Nobody from the Ministry, the hospital board or the supplying company could come up with any other explanation than that it was more expensive as it was to be paid off in instalments over four years.
Outgoing minister Zvolenska dismissed ministerial appointees from the board after the affair broke and has said that they had not informed the Ministry of the procedures at the hospital.