Asked in the Parliamentary Health Commission about his position regarding PPPs in hospitals, Manuel Pizarro, said: “Any decision that the Government would take today on launching a PPP for the clinical management of a hospital would take four to five years to materialise”.

“A different thing is the use of PPPs for the construction and maintenance of hospital infrastructures and there, I confirm that we maintain this intention not only in relation to Eastern Lisbon, but in the new project for the central hospital of the Algarve, in relation to which I hope that during 2023 we will have specifications that allow for the launching of this tender process”, he said.