Contracts Director fails to reply
to illegal Mater Dei re-evaluation exercise allegations
While the issue related to the tender of medical equipment
for the new Mater Dei hospital is fizzling out, the Director of Contracts
would not answer questions related to a very serious allegation made
by Dutch bidder Simed.
Simed, which was not awarded the contract, but has protested loudly
about its award to Italian company INSO, has alleged that "an illegal
and very unprofessional re-evaluation exercise" was carried out
so that INSO would be able to change its specifications following the
Simed also alleged that INSO was allowed to use the offices of the director
of contracts, including its phone and fax for some weeks. According
to Simed the re-evaluation exercise took place on the insistence of
the Director of Contracts.
When The Malta Financial and Business Times asked about these allegations,
the Director of Contracts said he had no comment to make.
When asked whether INSOs bid was cheaper than that of Simed, The
Malta Financial and Business Times was referred to a press release issued
last week by the Department of Information. That press release showed
calculations indicating that INSOs bid was cheaper than Simeds,
but those figures have since been contested by Simed, which continues
to claim it had the cheapest bid.