Road Paved for Awarding Hospital Work

The Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice did not admit the warning of illegality presented by the CAMCE Consortium in the tender process for the construction and equipping of the new Children's Hospital in Panama.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

According to the report of the Evaluation Commission, published on May 22, 2019 on the PanamaCompra portal, the CAMCE Consortium's proposal, which totaled $613 million, obtained a score of 72 and that of Consorcio Acciona Construcción, S.A., which totaled $614 million, its rating was 87.92. See evaluation details. reports that "... Magistrate Abel Zamorano, who was assigned the file by distribution, determined in his analysis that the "report of the evaluation commission" is a "simple act" of the tender and, on the contrary, it is not an administrative act capable of creating, modifying and extinguishing a "legal relationship" to be warned of illegal. He stated that the administrative act that meets the characteristics of creating a legal relationship is the decision of the Ministry of Health, which is responsible for awarding the tender process. In other words, the consortium had to wait for Minsa's decision, then present the warning of illegality.

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Rosario Turner, Minister of Health, explained that "... they know that the Third Chamber did not admit the warning of illegality filed by one of the participating consortiums, and now with that the Minsa can proceed freely to award the hospital project. The institution will comply with the legal provisions and will proceed in accordance with the law."

The tender consists of the construction, equipment and corrective and preventive maintenance of the New Children's Hospital, the maternity ward of the Santo Tomás Hospital and adjacent areas, restoration of the gardens and remodeling of the La Abeja Building.

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Children's Hospital: An Endless Story

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Although the warning of illegality presented by the CAMCE Consortium in the tender to build and equip the new Children's Hospital in Panama was not admitted, the tender was again suspended.

The history of the tender for the "Construction, equipment and corrective and preventive maintenance of the New Children's Hospital, the Maternity Hospital of Santo Tomás and Annexed Areas, restoration of gardens and remodeling", seems to have no end, since in the last resolution of the General Directorate of Public Contracting (DGCP) the public act was ordered to be suspended.

Companies Confirmed to Tender Children's Hospital

November 2018

In the latest analysis to select the companies eligible to build the New Children's Hospital in Panama, the New Children's Hospital and FCC America Children's Hospital Consortia were pre-qualified.

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Another Setback for the Children's Hospital

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Due to the fact that the company China Camc Engineering Co. Ltd. filed an appeal, suspension of the act for prequalification of the work, estimated at $281 million, has been ordered.

The General Directorate of Public Procurement decided to accept the Appeal Suit submitted by the representative of the Chinese company Camc Engineering, against the evaluation report for the act for the "Prequalification for studies, construction, equipment and maintenance of the new Children's Hospital, Maternity of the Hospital Santo Tomás, and annexed areas, restoration of the gardens and remodeling of the Abeja building".

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