Officers of Analytical anti-corruption intelligence department of Special Investigation Service (STT) conducted a research and have identified cases when public procurements of Lithuanian hospitals are won by companies that have provided support to the contracting authority or its associated beneficiaries.
After analyzing the public procurements implemented by Santara Clinics in 2015–2017 and the support received, it was found that 319 legal entities won public procurements organized by Santara clinics for nearly EUR 164 million. During the same period, 216 legal entities allocated nearly EUR 8 million support to Santara clinics or their associated beneficiaries.
By analyzing how many companies won public procurements organized by Santara clinics during the same period, and provided support, it was found, that there are 123 such companies. In 2015–2017, these legal entities (i.e. 39% of the winners of the procurements) awarded more than EUR 4 million of support to Santara clinics and their associated beneficiaries and won 87 percent (more than 142 million EUR) of Santara Clinics public procurements values.
It should be noted that the companies winning the public procurements organized by Santara Clinics not only paid support to the Santara Clinic’s Support Account, but also to the 28 beneficiaries registered at the same address as Santara Clinics and to another 42 beneficiaries headed by Santara clinic’s staff.
Continuing the analytical study, it was found that similar tendencies, when the largest part of hospital procurements are won by legal persons, who provided support, are also typical to other Lithuanian hospitals.
For example, in 2013-2016, 52 legal entities (i.e. 11% of the winners of the procurement) provided support to the Kaunas Clinics, which is public institution of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, and won 56 percent (Approx. EUR 150 million) of Kaunas Clinics’ public procurements values.
40 legal entities (i.e. 18% of the winners of the procurements) provided support to the Public Institution Šiauliai City Republican Hospital and won 56% (about EUR 33 million) of the total value of this hospital’s procurements.
In addition, 44 legal entities (i.e. 27% of the winners of the procurements) provided support to the Public Institution Panevėžys City Republican Hospital and won 66% (about EUR 27 million) of the total value of this hospital’s procurements.
In order to verify the extent to which the support is in line with the objectives of the Law on Charity and Support of the Republic of Lithuania, an analysis of the financial flows of the 10 Santara clinics associated beneficiaries, which received the highest support, was performed. It was found that almost half of the received incomes were used for secondments, conferences, events organization, accommodation and catering services.
The results of the survey will be presented to the State decision-makers and other institutions within their competence.
In the future, STT also plans to re-perform the analysis of the situation and inform the public about its results.