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Supervisory board of Stradins Hospital removed amid fears of losing EU funding

Shareholders of Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital (PSKUS) at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday removed the hospital’s supervisory board and appointed an interim board, LETA was told at the Health Ministry.

According to data available at Firmas.lv, since February 2020 the hospital’s supervisory board included Reinis Ceplis, Juris Lapse and Renalds Jurkevicjus.

Auga Balode, the Health Ministry’s state secretary and representative of PSKUS shareholders, said at the extraordinary shareholders’ meeting that the PSKUS supervisory board failed to carry out a timely and in-depth assessment of risks and their short and long-term impact on the hospital’s value, sustainability and responsible development. As a result, the hospital now risks losing around EUR 46 million worth of EU funding.

“Considering the essential role of the hospital’s A2 Building in the patient treatment process, which is threatened by the the board’s current project and risk management, the representative of the hospital’s shareholder decided to remove the board and elect a new – interim – board,” said Balode.

In the afternoon, another extraordinary meeting of the hospital’s shareholders was held, at which an interim supervisory board of three members was approved for a term of up to one year.

Normunds Stanevics, who is currently Chairman of the Board at Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital (RAKUS), has been elected to the PSKUS supervisory board. Stanevics has been tasked with improving the management of the hospital’s development projects and promoting staff cooperation.

Peteris Stradins, Professor of Surgery at Riga Stradins University (RSU) and Head of the Cardiac Surgery Unit at PSKUS, has been elected to the interim supervisory board to oversee medical matters.

Iluta Riekstina who was also elected to the PSKUS interim supervisory board, has been a board member of the Children’s Clinical University Hospital since 2019 responsible for financial planning and accounting management, economic and statistical process management, procurement and contract processes, information systems and ICT management, e-health matters, as well as the management of investment projects. Riekstina’s will be in charge of the management of financial and construction processes.

According to the Health Ministry, the shareholder expects the interim board to act responsibly and has defined the most urgent tasks. The interim board is to conduct an external audit of the management of the European Regional Development Fund’s project “Development of the New A2 Building at Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital” and to ensure that a mediation service provider is involved for the project’s successful implementation.

Balode and the newly appointed interim supervisory board will meet the hospital’s staff and management board on Monday, October 9.

Source: BNS

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