Six cited over unopened Calabria cardiac centre

Specialist structure causes '40 mln loss to the public purse'

(ANSA) - Reggio Calabria, February 12 - Six public officials have been reported to the state audit court for alleged loss to the public purse of approximately 40 million euros in relation to the creation of a specialist heart centre that has never opened, finance police said Thursday.
    The specialist centre for cardiac disorders in the Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli hospital in the southern city of Reggio Calabria was completed in December 2011 at a cost of over 18 million euros. To this must be added over seven million euros per year of lost savings to the regional health authorities, finance police said. Lack of resources to hire specialist medical personnel to staff the centre is allegedly one of the reasons for its failure to open.


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