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Parliamentary questions
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21 February 2019
Question for written answer P-000948-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Liliana Rodrigues (S&D)

 Subject:  Nuclear medicine unit at Funchal Hospital
 Answer in writing 

Research by a Portuguese communication body which was published on 19 February concluded that Funchal Hospital directs patients to receive nuclear medicine examinations in a private clinic while its own unit is, in the words of its head, ‘practically inactive’.

The report states that the unit concerned was ‘built and fitted out with public money and Community funding’ and that it has been audited by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), which concluded that there had been ‘irregularities in the use of Community money’ and called for part of the funds to be returned.

In a communication, the Regional Development Institute confirmed that it became aware of the outcome of the audit on 5 February and added that the equipment had been withdrawn from co-financing before that and ‘acquired in full by the Autonomous Region of Madeira’.

1. Did Funchal Hospital receive Community funding for the construction and fitting out of its nuclear medicine unit? If so, how much and when?2. Have any audits been carried out to check whether the unit has any suboptimal structure or equipment?3. If so, was any irregularity detected and will Madeira pay back part of the funds it received?

Original language of question: PT 
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