Wheel­chair sup­plier who ten­dered to sup­ply Mater Dei claims ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in process

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A wheel­chair sup­plier, who claims ar­bi­trary and abu­sive ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ten­der­ing process for the sup­ply of wheel­chairs at Mater Dei, has filed a ju­di­cial process.

OK Ltd filed the protest ar­gu­ing that the con­tract was awarded to an inferior bid. The protest was filed against En­gi­neer Karl Far­ru­gia as the Health Min­istry’s Cen­tral Pro­cure­ment and Sup­plies CEO, Chris At­tard Mon­talto, the Di­rec­tor of Bio­med­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal and the Min­istry of Health. The ju­di­cial protest was also filed against the win­ning Ltd.

The case goes back to 2015, when a call for quo­ta­tions for the sup­ply of wheel­chairs was is­sued. In the com­plaint, OK Ltd claims it had sat­is­fied all the cri­te­ria but the ten­der was still won by Europharma. Ac­cord­ing to the protest, it emerged that Europharma did not sat­isfy the tech­ni­cal cri­te­ria.

The com­pany ar­gued that the fi­nal se­lec­tion was “ar­bi­trary and abu­sive” that had caused the com­pany to suf­fer fi­nan­cial dam­ages. bid­der, Europharma

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