The completion of the new building of the largest children’s hospital in the country was allowed to be purchased without an auction. The procurement was added to the list of events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. 

To complete the construction of Okhmatdyt without auctions, it is planned to purchase expensive equipment worth more than a UAH 1 bln.

Transparency International Ukraine calls for negotiations with several participants and publication of equipment requirements, delivery times, and estimated prices.

“We were against changes in the legislation, which allowed to buy everything necessary for the celebration of Independence Day this year without auctions. However, they were still accepted. Accordingly, the only thing we can do now is to demand that the procedures be carried out as transparently as possible with the involvement of many participants in order to achieve savings,” explains the deputy executive director for the implementation of innovative projects of TI Ukraine Ivan Lakhtionov.

Let us remind you that in June, the Verkhovna Rada supported draft law 5309, which, despite several positive changes in the field of public procurement, brought many corruption risks. It is within this draft law that the procurement for the construction of the Great Ring Road was withdrawn from the scope of Prozorro. Moreover, it was allowed to buy everything necessary for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of independence of Ukraine and Constitution Day without auctions. Later the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the list of activities covered by this norm. It covered not only celebrations, but also major infrastructure projects, including the completion of the construction of the new building of the children’s hospital.

Concerns about the quick procurement has the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the hospital Oksana Korchynska. She believes that it will not be possible to purchase the necessary equipment in such a short time and claims that the terms of reference were redone for the negotiation procedure, so, it is not known whether the new equipment will be compatible with the previously purchased one.

Transparency International Ukraine calls on the Ministry of Healthcare to conduct procurement as transparently as possible, and therefore demands to publish the terms of reference for purchasing equipment and its delivery datesas well as the expected cost. In addition, let us remind you that according to the current legislation, it is possible to conduct negotiations with more than one participant within the framework of the stipulated negotiation procedure. This will allow to purchase equipment at the best price.

 

We were against changes in the legislation, which allowed to buy everything necessary for the celebration of Independence Day this year without auctions. However, they were still accepted. Accordingly, the only thing we can do now is to demand that the procedures be carried out as transparently as possible with the involvement of many participants in order to achieve savings.

Ivan Lakhtionov