Inspectors of BR-VT province discovered a series of bidding packages with a huge difference between the input price and the winning price. Meanwhile, the test kit used by Viet A Company is still borrowed.
Big difference between entry price and winning bid
Inspectors of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province have just completed inspection conclusions on the procurement of medical equipment, supplies, biological products, test kits, vaccines, and drugs to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic in the area. the provincial.
Inspection results from January 1, 2020 to the end of December 31, 2021, in the province of BR-VT, procurement of medical equipment, medical supplies, biological products, test kits , vaccines, drugs to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic with a total purchase value of more than VND 206 billion from the budget.
In which, about medical equipment, the Department of Health performed 6 bidding packages to buy 25 equipment with a total value of more than 70 billion VND; medical facilities implemented 14 bidding packages of more than 1.4 billion VND; Regarding medical supplies, biological products, test kits, the Department of Health and the Provincial Center for Disease Control (CDC) implemented 12 bidding packages with the winning value of more than 123 billion VND; Medical facilities have purchased 141 individual bidding packages with a value of more than 11.7 billion VND.
Regarding the procurement of medical equipment, there are 5 procurement packages for the first phase of 2020, the Department of Health signed a contract to hire 2 consulting units to prepare the request and evaluate the proposal; consulting on appraisal of request documents and contractor selection results. According to the usual form of appointment of contractors, a phase 1 dossier bag.
BR-VT borrowed test kits from many companies, including Viet A Joint Stock Company
According to the inspection conclusion, although the equipment was appraised as imported, the consulting units did not conduct actual surveys, did not collect quotes from direct importers or exclusive distributors… Contracts Collected documents are photocopies, there are almost no invoices, minutes of acceptance, handover and liquidation of the contract.
The inspection results showed that the declaration of imported goods in the bidding documents of the bidding packages had all been erased with the import price information, on the other hand, the implementation of handover procedures, purchase and sale contracts, and acceptance of goods. not yet tight; the difference between the winning bid and the import price increased by 171% and the purchase price increased by 47.6%.
The collection of information from the stage of price appraisal quotation to the stage of providing equipment shows that, in package 3, the rate of increase of the winning bid compared to the import price is 187%, of which The bidding package is more than 15 billion VND but the value of imported goods is 8.6 billion VND, after deducting all costs and taxes, the profit of the winning unit from the package is more than 3.2 billion VND.
Package 4, the winning price is more than 22.3 billion, while the purchase price is more than 11 billion and related costs (without documents) are more than 5 billion, after deducting expenses, the winning unit after-tax profit of more than 6.1 billion dong.
Similarly, for bidding packages No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, the input price compared to the winning bid price difference is very large.
According to the inspection conclusion, the evaluation of the proposals of the consulting units is not accurate, because the contractor providing the items is not eligible to buy medical equipment. Specifically, breathing aids, testing equipment, PCR machine systems, emergency equipment, autoclaves, remote body temperature measurement systems, hand-held thermometers, disinfectant sprayers… In the bidding package proposals of the winning companies, they are shown, but in fact, according to the previous announcement of eligibility to buy and sell medical equipment, the winning companies did not have these devices.
According to the inspection conclusion, the consulting unit’s evaluation of the proposals and the evaluation of contractor selection results still determined the qualified contractor was a sign of violation of regulations on bidding law.
Bidders know the bidding results in advance
Regarding the procurement of medical supplies, biological products, and chemicals by the Department of Health with 6 bidding packages of more than 67.9 billion VND. The inspection results showed that the bidding package for the procurement of medical supplies, tools, instruments and antiseptic chemicals in 2020 had the winning price of more than 11.6 billion VND, but in fact, the winning enterprise did not have the goods available. went to buy from 2 other units, this item was purchased initially for 8.2 billion dong. In addition, there are 24/58 imported items, the difference between the winning price and the import price is 238%.
Bidding package for procurement of biological products to test for SARS-CoV-2 virus by RT-PCR method with the winning price of more than 17.1 billion VND. Meanwhile, the buying price was more than 11.9 billion dong, the difference between the winning price and the buying price was more than 5.2 billion dong. The winning unit said that, minus expenses, the profit after tax was more than 1.7 billion VND. This bidding package has 24/26 imported items, the difference between the winning price and the import price is 229%.
Bidding package to buy disinfectant chemicals for epidemic prevention and control phase 1-2020 with the winning price of more than 1.4 billion VND. According to the report of the winning unit, the goods were purchased with a unit price of 121,000 VND / 1 kg (Cloramin B) with a total amount of more than 992 million VND. After deducting taxes and expenses, the profit is more than 208 million dong. However, according to the customs declaration that records the import price, the import price is just over 17,000 VND/kg.
Regarding the results of the inspection of the procurement package for the SARS-CoV-2 antigen test (phase 5) with the package price of more than 18.8 billion VND, the result was that one unit won the bid for 17.5 billion VND.
The inspection results showed that, although the bidding results were not known, the contractor had previously handed over the goods to the unit for use before “Proving that the contractor knew for sure about the bidding results in this bidding package or had there is an agreement between the bid solicitor and the contractor.The pre-receipt of goods is not an urgent need to put them into use immediately, because the goods will be received from 5-7-2021 but after receiving the winning results on 5-day. The warehouse will just start shipping from August 2021”, the inspection conclusion indicated.
Regarding the bidding packages of CDC, BR-VT province implemented 6 bidding packages, of which 1 package of regular appointment of contractor, 3 packages of shortened appointment of contractor and 3 packages of open bidding.
According to the inspection conclusion, there are many bidding packages, the estimated price of the package and the winning price are not guaranteed to be close to the market price; the import price difference is many times higher than the winning bid price. For example, in the procurement of chemicals, biological products, and supplies for RT-PCR testing, the inspection agency compares the import prices of 24/25 items according to the customs declarations, the total value is more than 7.1 billion VND. while the winning price was more than 23.3 billion VND (the difference increased by more than 16.2 billion VND).
Borrowed from many companies
In addition to procurement packages, the Department of Health and CDC of BR-VT province borrowed from 6 companies, of which borrowed from Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company (Viet A Company) more than 28,000 tests and 3 PCR testing machines. To date, the device has been returned and has not yet carried out the procurement and payment procedures related to the number of Covid test kits with the brand name Viet A mentioned above.
According to the inspection conclusion, the Department of Health and the provincial CDC borrowed test kits, medical supplies and chemicals from units including Viet A Company without the written consent of the Provincial People’s Committee and the process. The process of receiving and using also does not show the written report of the Provincial People’s Committee, and the reports do not show the procedures to submit to the Provincial People’s Committee for procurement decision, approval of the contractor selection plan for goods. goods after borrowing.
Regarding the origin of the purchased equipment of the PCR machine system, according to the Provincial Inspector of BR-VT, the information in the declaration of imported goods of this machine system costs more than 1.7 billion VND (DNA/RNA extraction and Automatic PCR setup costs more than 1.2 billion; Realtime PCR machine is more than 496 billion) but the winning file is more than 4.5 billion VND (the difference between the winning price and the import price is more than 2.8 billion VND); In addition, the winning company is not eligible to sell testing equipment according to regulations.
With a series of signs of shortcomings in the procurement process of medical equipment and medical supplies, the BR-VT Provincial Inspector pointed out that the Department of Health should be responsible for shortcomings in the proposed procurement. ; sign contracts to hire consultants to appraise prices and estimate bidding packages; Elaboration and appraisal of contractor selection, approval of cost estimates of bidding packages; Borrowing a rapid antigen test. CDC of BR-VT province is responsible for making and submitting estimates for approval, selecting contractors for related bidding packages; Borrowing test kits and medical supplies; The use of chemicals, biological products, etc. The Department of Finance is responsible for appraising relevant procurement estimates and for evaluating contractor selection plans.
Regarding handling responsibility, it is proposed to criticize the Director of the Department of Health with related shortcomings such as inspection conclusions; Considering the responsibilities of the Evaluation Teams of the Department of Health, the responsibilities of the CDC and related health facilities….
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