T&T com­pany’s bids for health con­tracts on hold

Stabroek News Sunday - - GLOBAL GOSSIP -

Fol­low­ing the award of con­tracts to im­pugned Trinidad and Tobago com­pany West­ern Sci­en­tific, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health has put on hold the com­pany’s bids for two other con­tracts.

The sus­pen­sion of the bids fol­lowed ques­tions raised about how West­ern Sci­en­tific could be used for sole-sourc­ing by the Pub­lic Health Min­istry after damn­ing con­clu­sions were made about the com­pany by a Board of In­quiry (BoI) that in­ves­ti­gated pro­cure­ment prac­tices at the min­istry. “I am aware that two con­tracts were signed this week and West­ern Sci­en­tific was is­sued with those con­tracts, which sig­nals a green light for them to sup­ply…,” Pro­cure­ment Of­fi­cer of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health Phillip Bryan told Sun­day Stabroek on Fri­day. “…And there is a bid for two other con­tracts, and those con­tracts we will not be go­ing ahead with be­cause that is the in­struc­tion I have, but I can’t speak to what items ex­actly,” he added, be­fore ex­plain­ing that he did not have the in­for­ma­tion at hand. In mid-Au­gust, gov­ern­ment had an­nounced that the com­pany had se­cured a con­tract for the pro­cure­ment of Sys­mex reagents for the Na­tional AIDS Pro­gramme Sec­re­tar­iat (NAPS) to the tune of US$154,154 (equiv­a­lent to G$31,937,626).

This im­me­di­ately raised eye­brows as the BoI, es­tab­lished by the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency to look into al­le­ga­tions of mis­man­age­ment and mal­prac­tices in the pro­cure­ment of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals at the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health, had rec­om­mended in Jan­uary that the com­pany’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive should be barred from fu­ture ten­ders.

Mon­day, September 11

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