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(photo credit: courtesy)
The supply of school health services - including vaccinations and health checks - will apparently be delayed after the Jerusalem District Court ruled on Tuesday that the Natali company cannot begin in September to provide them.
The ruling followed a petition by the "Public Health Association," a
private company that previously supplied health services but which was
replaced in a Health Ministry public tender by Natali, which is better
known for its monitoring of and ambulance service for private heart
patients. The "association," which was originally chosen by the ministry
without a tender, was severely criticized by the State Comptroller for
the inadequate level of its services.
It went to court claiming that the tender to choose its successor, which
it lost, was "faulty and favored" Natali, which was chosen to provide
school health services. The "association" also maintained that Natali
will cost the government NIS 20 million more than it would have done for
the same services.
Asked to comment, the ministry spokeswoman said that "in fact, the court
ruling will make it difficult to prepare school health services for the
upcoming school year. The ministry is looking at the significance of
the court decision."
Natali commented: "The Health Ministry chose Natali to supply school
health services because of the much-higher quality services that we
offered compared to the others competing in the tender. The Association
for Public Health was disqualified because of the low marks for the
quality of its work when it ran the school health service for three
years. Its bid was in fact cheaper, but its plan for services was
minimal. The court issued temporary restraining orders without us being
present and halting the implementation of the contract, but both sides
will be heard in July, and we trust that after hearing us both, the
court will rescind the orders."