New hospital's preliminary design is completed, but the projet is still stuck by the court judgement

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - Inso spa, the Company who signed on September 19th 2016 the contract for the construction of the new hospital after submission of the most competitive offer, announced that preliminary design has been completed and that it is ready to start detailed design and construction activities, aiming to provide a modern, efficient health infrastructure at the soonest.

The execution of the contract is currently stuck by a court judgement rendered at the end of a lawsuit filed by the competitor Vamed and, while the judicial procedure goes on (SZV has appealed the decision), the implementation of the project has already suffered serious delays, depriving St. Maarten’s population of a hospital which is strongly needed to enhance the quality of health care on the island.

“We are dismayed by the motivations argued by our competitor, due to which the court has issued its verdict” stated Mr. Alessandro Cambri, Inso Caribbean Area Manager “It’s very hard for us to understand the reason of such a situation.

Our offer has obtained a very high quality score during the technical evaluation carried out by five different teams of independent international advisors with proven experience in hospital projects worldwide and specifically in the Caribbean. What’s surprising the most is that the advisors have evaluated all the aspects of Inso’s offer in a transparent and in-depth process that has no precedent in the history of public procurements in Sint Maarten, but nonetheless groundless allegations by Vamed have managed to hinder the development of the project”.

“We also offered the best price” Mr. Cambri continued, “and it is time to debunk the theory that the price was abnormally low. We have carried out hospital projects for over 30 years and we can easily demonstrate that our price is definitely in line with parameters expected for buildings of this type in the Caribbean.

Based on the data we have collected in years of experience worldwide and specifically in the Caribbean area, where we have participated in hospital projects and tenders such as the New National Hospital of St. Lucia, the technical platform of the Fort de France hospital in Martinique and many others, not only we are extremely comfortable with the price we offered for the St. Maarten hospital, but we consider the economic offers made by our competitors extremely high and considerably less favorable for the government and people of St. Maarten”.

Inso announced that it is acting to enforce its position by legal ways, in order to defend the good name of the company and its expertise in the specific field of hospital projects, but above all to resume as soon as possible the development of the hospital, a project of huge importance for all parties involved and especially for the citizens of St. Marteen.

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