A l’Assemblée Nationale, PNQ ELECTRIQUE…Le Speaker dans la tourmente MedPoint



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  • La nécessité pour l’ICAC de conclure dans les meilleurs délais cette enquête initiée en janvier 2011 évoquée au sein de l’hémicycle en fin de matinée

08.05.12

PRIVATE NOTICE QUESTION

 

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition

 

To ask Dr the Honourable Prime Minister, Minister of Defence,
Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister for Rodrigues:-

 

Whether, in regard to the Med Point clinic, he will –

 

(a)              state if five days prior to the 2010 general election, he authorized the tender for the acquisition of a building for the setting up of a geriatric hospital to be issued;

 

(b)             for the benefit of the House, obtain from the Independent Commission Against Corruption, information as to the date on which it started an inquiry thereto, indicating –

 

(i)                if it has referred same to the Director of Public Prosecutions, and

 

(ii)             the date on which it applied for an attachment order and the date same was granted;

 

(c)              state the measures taken, if any, for the maintenance of the building and equipment thereof?

 

 

REPLY

 

Mr Speaker, Sir,

 

I assume that the Honourable Leader of the Opposition, who has previously held office of Prime Minister, is aware that authorisation of tender for the acquisition of any immovable property is not within the ambit of the responsibilities of the Prime Minister.  Therefore, the reply to part (a) of the Question is “NO”.

 

Mr Speaker, Sir,

 

I wish to refer the Honourable Leader of the Opposition to the reply I made to his Private Notice Question on 22 March 2011 wherein I stated that the idea of having specialised geriatric services was first evoked as far back as the year 2000 in view of the growing number of people in Mauritius who have reached the age of 65.

 

This issue was once again raised by the then Chief Medical Officer, late Dr. Sungkur in 2004.

 

On 26 February 2010, Cabinet was informed that a sum of Rs 187 Million available from the National Lotteries would be used for the implementation of 17 projects, including:

 

(a)                Centre for Specialised Care for Children and Women; and

 

(b)               The National Geriatric Hospital.

 

Mr Speaker, Sir,

 

I wish to emphasize that the reference to the National Geriatric Hospital in the list of 17 projects was not, in any manner, I quote,

in regard to the Med Point clinic

unquote

as implied by the Leader of the Opposition in  part (a) of the Question.

Mr Speaker, Sir,

 

I am informed by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life that the tender procedures started as from February 2010 with the preparation of the bidding documents for the acquisition of a building for the setting of a Geriatric Hospital.

 

The initial bid documents to float tenders for the acquisition of a building for the setting up of a National Geriatric Hospital were sent to the Central Procurement Board on 01 March 2010.

 

Tenders were accordingly floated through Press Notice on 30 April 2010.  In accordance with directives issued by the Procurement Policy Office, the tender documents and the invitation for bids were posted on the public procurement portal hosted and maintained by the Procurement Policy Office.

 

I should like to highlight the fact that the deadline for submission of bids was 03 June 2010.

 

Mr Speaker, Sir,

 

It is common knowledge that the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of Med Point clinic are currently the subject of proceedings, both before the Supreme Court, the District Court and also of criminal investigation by the ICAC.

 

Mr Speaker, Sir,

 

In regard to part (b) (i) of the Question, I wish to refer to the Communiqué issued by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on 19 April 2012 which reads as follows:

 

 

1.         Le Directeur des Poursuites Publiques souhaite apporter certaines précisions par rapport aux récents commentaires qui ont été faits dans la presse à propos de l’affaire Medpoint.

 

2.         Jusqu’à ce jour l’Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) n’a transmis aucun dossier sur cette affaire au Directeur des Poursuites Publiques.

 

3.         La décision de poursuivre ou de ne pas poursuivre sera prise selon les critères applicables à toute affaire criminelle, et dans le strict respect des normes constitutionnelles d’impartialité et d’indépendance.

 

4.         Selon les dispositions de la section 156 (1) du Code Pénal Mauricien, constitue une infraction pénale : l’outrage fait publiquement à un officier public dans l’exercice de ses fonctions.

 

I have also ascertained from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions that as at today the inquiry has not yet been referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 

Mr Speaker, Sir,

 

The ICAC has provided the following information:

 

(i)                     on 25 January 2011, the ICAC initiated an investigation on its own initiative on the acquisition of Med Point clinic by the Government for the National Geriatric Hospital project;

(ii)                   the enquiry has not yet been completed and is pending the completion of defence of Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth;

(iii)                  the latter has applied to the Supreme Court on 03 October 2010 to obtain the following documents on the ground that his defence to the charge put to him and preferred against him in court rests entirely on certain cabinet matters:

  • Information paper or Cabinet Memorandum submitted by the then Minister of Health, Honourable R. Jeetah on 05 March 2010 with regard to the setting up of National Geriatric Hospital;
  • Minutes of Proceedings of the Cabinet Meeting dated 18 June 2010 relating to the construction of Hospitals; and
  • All documents and discussions papers relating to the construction of Hospital covering period January 2010 to December 2010.

 

By virtue of section 47(6) of the PoCA (2002), after receipt of the opinion of the ICAC, the Director-General shall submit a Report to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 

In regard to part (b) (ii) of the Question, ICAC has informed that it applied for an Attachment Order on 10 November 2011 and same was granted on 11 November 2011.

 

Mr Speaker, Sir,

 

In regard to part (c) of the Question, I am informed by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life that watchkeeping services are being provided on a 24 hour basis as from 29 December 2010, as well as general maintenance of the compound.  According to available records, at a meeting held on 07 February 2011, a list of refurbishment works to be undertaken was identified and a survey of existing equipment and additional equipment required was made.  Thereafter, on 18 February 2011, the then acting Director Health Services advised to stay action until further notice.

 

 

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