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Government purchases of masks under the magnifying glass of the NIK. Controllers notify the prosecutor's office

MedExpress Team

Medexpress

Published March 22, 2024 09:47

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fot. Piotr Wójcik
"The Prime Minister's Office spent wastefully, unreliably and unintentionally nearly PLN 200 million on the purchase of personal protective equipment in 2020-2021," auditors of the Supreme Audit Office assessed. Some of the purchases entrusted to state-owned companies KGHM and Lotos Group, as well as the Industrial Development Agency, resulted in the delivery of masks, coveralls and visors that did not meet quality requirements. NIK is filing notices to the prosecutor's office.

NIK points out that neither the Treasury companies entrusted with the purchase of personal protective equipment, nor the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), nor the selected suppliers - the Polish companies Q. and K. - had previously traded in medical supplies. The Q. company specialized in defense solutions, while the K. company usually imported cosmetic makeup accessories from China. Meanwhile, carrying out such activities was the responsibility of, for example, the Material Reserves Agency, which was subordinate to the Prime Minister.

However, it was not the Treasury companies named by the Prime Minister that were to seek suppliers. The Ministry of State Assets (MAP) had already been in email correspondence with the Prime Minister's Office's (PMO) later contractors.

"It was MAP that determined which companies could supply this type of product, agree...

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