Lost and found: government agreement with Vitals found and passed onto Auditor General
The agreement in principle which the Government signed with Vitals Global Healthcare, has been found.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that the memorandum of understanding had been passed to the Auditor General. This agreement was made before the call for tenders for the management of the three hospitals -St. Luke’s, Karin Grech and the Gozo General Hospital – was issued. Yesterday the Prime Minister Robert Abela made it clear that this document had to be found by latest yesterday.
The Auditor General in a report published a week ago expressed the view that this agreement provided reasons for disqualifying VGH from the tenders, and concluded that in the procedures used for the award of this concession there was a serious lack of governance and integrity. Dr Abela reiterated that he was not satisfied with what the Auditor General had found and stressed that this document should be provided to the Auditor.
Yesterday the Prime Minister said a distinction had to be made between Vitals Global Healthcare and Steward, who took over the management of the three hospitals from the VGH. He said the government was still in talks with Steward Health Care to carry out a review the contract.
AĠĠORNAT: Il-PM jgħid li ta direzzjoni biex sal-lum jinstab il-ftehim ma’ Vitals
L-Awditur Ġenerali jimplika kollużjoni fil-ftehim ma’ Vitals fuq l-isptarijiet