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Cabinet orders medical service purchase probe

The Cabinet has green-lighted a probe into alleged misdoing in connection to the purchase of health services from the private sector.

Deputy Accountant General Andreas Zachariades  has been appointed to head the inquiry into whether any disciplinary violations were committed by specific  officials accused of using their own, undisclosed, criteria to decide which of four cooperating private clinics to send patients to for treatment.

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Patients sent by the state to private clinics for treatment that could not be provided at a state hospital between 2011 and 2014 saw the state charged €7.2m. In 2015, the state spent €608,000 and in 2016 it spent  €332,000 a figure which included unpaid invoices from before 2015.

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