Court of Auditors finds “incidents” in 22% of Ela’s contracts during pandemic


Report reviews health performance in 49 files worth 551 million

Salvador Ila, this Thursday, during a session
Salvador Ila, this Thursday, during a session in parliament.Quique GarciaEFE
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The Court of Auditors has found incidents in one out of every five contracts of former health minister Salvador Ila related to the coronavirus pandemic. This is how the agency subscribes to a report that examined a total of 49 emergency contract files signed during 2020, for a global amount of just over €551 million.

According to the report, “various incidents occurred in the execution” in 11 (22.4%) of the contracts audited. The four files contained breach of contract by the contracting company. Claims were filed which are still pending to recover advanced funds and receive compensation for damages where appropriate.

In addition, two other files contained amendments that were not required in the agreements. In one case, a different model of the mask was supplied, but with the same price and features. In the second case, what changed was the type of test-COVID, in this case equally effective but more expensive.

Finally, delivery times of supplies contracted by Health were delayed in five contracts.

94% of the funds reviewed were distributed by National Institute of Health Management (Ingesa), from the extraordinary credit of 1,000 million, which was enabled by the government just before the declaration of the state of alarm.

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Head of the Institute during the pandemic, Alfonso Mara Jiménez Palacios, is being investigated as a result of a Vox complaint in a Madrid court that condemned irregularities in several contracts. In his statement, the Director of Ingesa upheld the validity of his actions and attributed minor errors that may have occurred in the circumstances in which he was acting on those dates or to mistakes by the authorities. He said that Minister Ila was aware of the recruitment.

The report confirms that all audited contracts, as they should be, were related to health conditions and that their emergency processing was appropriate. All of them had sufficient credit, almost all of them reported action had been initiated (half a dozen had not done so), mandatory publicity and emergency contract agreements for a period of one month to begin execution.

Regarding the fact that no documentary evidence was omitted on the award criteria used by Injesa, the report considers this to be not an “irregular or illegal circumstance” as they are emergency contracts. The data was then provided to the Court of Auditors.

From this information it can be concluded that successful bidders were selected after consultation Spanish agency for medicines and health productsLassi Secretary of State for Finance and CommerceThe ICEXThe Carlos III Institute of Health And this General Directorate of General Services Portfolio Of National Health and Pharmacy System,

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When the needs of the national health system “could not thus be satisfied, the Asian market was turned”, following the guidelines of the Commercial Office of the Treasury, ICEX and the Spanish Embassy. pecany,

The report also reviews the price paid for health products, which took half (246 million) of the money audited. Over 90% went to the mask and the rest to nitrile gloves and hydro-alcoholic gel.

average price of fpp2 It was 2.62 euros in March 2020, which fell to 1.40 in April. The highest price of FFP2 masks came in the purchase of 500 masks made on 3 April 2020, with a unit price of 4.17 Euro. in masks ffp3, the average unit price was 4.31. In the surgical ones, the mean unit price was 0.75.

The report concludes with some of the recommendations of the Court of Auditors for emergency contracts as examined. For example, trying to formalize the contract in a written document and verify “the competence and solvency of the winning companies.” And that when potential bids are solicited from various bidders and whenever possible the terms of the contract are negotiated.

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