“We are going to set up, in the very short term – on a scale
of weeks, not months –, two teams. A technical team, which results from the law
and will lead the process of implementing the tender, but we are going to set
up, at the same time – and this is indeed a political option –, a monitoring
commission”, said Manuel Pizarro.
The minister was speaking at Hospital de Faro, during the
presentation of the conclusions of the “Saúde Aberta” initiative, which took
the minister and his two secretaries of state to the 16 municipalities of the
The Council of Ministers decided to resume, at the end of September,
the public-private partnership process for the construction and maintenance of
the future Hospital Central do Algarve (HCA), whose clinical management will
continue to be in the public domain.
In addition to the technical team, which will be “professional”
to “ensure that it is not due to lack of response from the [central]
administration that the tender gets stuck”, the Intermunicipal Community of the
Algarve (AMAL) and other institutions will be invited to the monitoring
“We believe it is very important that Algarve society, the
Algarve community, local authorities and other institutions closely monitor the
process of the new HCA, so that the result of the decision is that we come to
take exactly a model of hospital that will serve the Algarve not only in the
coming years, but in the coming decades”, stressed Manuel Pizarro.
The Minister of Health assured that “it is not worth
questioning” the location of the infrastructure, in Parque das Cidades, between
the municipalities of Faro and Loulé, which had already been taken over two
decades ago by the then PSD/CDS-PP government.
“It has, among other additional advantages, the advantage
that the land ownership and access problems are solved”, he observed.
Questioned by journalists, Manuel Pizarro refused to commit
to a specific date for completion of the work.
“It's fairer for people if we commit to what's within our
immediate reach. The immediate scope is that in 2023 the tender process will be
launched”, he assumed, considering “expected” that “there will be a decision in
2024”, but that this matter “transcends” because it will be a jury to make the
As for the monitoring committee to be set up, Manuel Pizarro
maintained that “it makes a lot of sense to discuss what will be done” for the
facilities currently occupied by Hospital de Faro, in the center of the Algarve