Dispute Over $95 million Medical Equipment Contract

The Honduran National Anti-Corruption Council objects to a tender awarded for the purchase and maintenance of medical equipment to a single bidder.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Recently, the Honduran Institute of Social Security approved $95 million to equip hospitals in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa.

The coordinator of the National Anticorruption Council (CNA), Oswaldo Canales, considered it improper for a single company to participate in the bidding process and to then be awarded the contract.

"According to Canales, 'people are surprised by the recent developments that have occurred in the country, where $95 million has been awarded for Social Security, which we know requires improved medical care in state hospitals, but we must do so through the proper procedures of transparency and accountability. "

He added that the country, in rankings ' in Central America is placed much higher against crime and corruption, so we have to aim for transparency and accountability'. "

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