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Two applicants submit bids in tender for 18 ambulances

Ambulance Service
21 Μαρτίου 2023 / 00:58

CORFU. Unlike the previous tender which was unsuccessful, this time two bids were submitted.

The process for the supply of 18 new ambulances for the Ionian Islands seems to be moving forward. Nine of these vehicles will be for Corfu.
 
Unlike the previous tender which was unsuccessful, this time two applicants submitted bids. The deadline was 3 March 2023.
 
According to the Deputy Regional Governor for Public Health Melita Andrioti and the information she received from EKAB, the first step of the bid review is expected to be done by Easter.
 
Then a contractor will be announced temporarily, allowing time for any appeals. The aim is for the vehicles to be provided by 30 September.
 
 
The new vehicles
 
Tenders have been invited for the provision of the following vehicles:
 
- 5 ambulances type 'B' 4x2
- 4 mobile units type 'C'
- 5 low volume vehicles
- 4 ambulance type 'B' 4x4 emergency pre-hospital care
 
The estimated cost of the four contracts is €1,736,000 including 24% VAT.
 
 
Since 2019
 
The project was included in the ESPA Programme - initially for 9 ambulances - by the Regional Authority under Rodi Kratsa in December 2019 with a budget of €737,000. The Ambulance Service (EKAB) was designated as being responsible for the invitations for tender. Two years passed and nothing happened, with it being claimed that the pandemic was responsible.
 
At the end of 2021 EKAB asked the Regional Authority if it could be amended due to increased and the number of ambulances increased from 9 to 18 in order to replace the whole fleet (9 would be for Corfu). The amendment was made, increasing the budget by €1.376m and in January 2022 an invitation for tenders was published but again there was no interest.
 
 
Unsuccessful
 
The tender with a €1,376m budget last February was unsuccessful and since then the Ionian Islands Region was waiting for the preparation of a new technical report by ESPA.
 
"We were constantly contacting EKAB for this matter", the Deputy Regional Governor for Public Health Melita Andrioti told Enimerosi. "Finally, EKAB sent the budget amendment (€1,736m) to the managing authority on 3 October. We have requested that the evaluation and approval be sped up as much as possible, so that the decision can be signed by the Regional Governor. We hope that by the end of the year the new tender will have been announced."