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KNAB carries out search in State Emergency Medical Service

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCorruption Prevention and Combating Bureau carries out search in offices of Latvian State Emergency Medical Service, according to information from LETA.

KNAB neither confirms nor denies this information.

NMPD representative Ilze Buksa says several people have come to the office of Chief of NMPD Armands Plorins. She did not say whether or not those people are from KNAB.

No unusual activities are noted around the building.

In May 2015, KNAB had visited NMPD in order to look into the service’s contract signed with Rīgas Sanitāro transporta autobāze five years ago.

As told by Ilze Buksa at the time, LNAB had sent a letter to the service with a request to provide the contract to officers of the bureau so that they can assess it. Buksa said that visit was not unexpected.

As previously reported, 29 April marked the end of NMPD’s signed contract with Rīgas sanitāro transporta autobāzs in regard to supplying of vehicles and drivers to ambulance brigades in Riga region.

The matter regarding supply of ambulances to Riga has been a hot topic for a long time. The state was procuring this service from Rīgas sanitāro transporta autobāze for years until State Audit and certain politicians noted that this forces the state to overpay.

In January 2015, SA announced that the state has overpaid nearly EUR 12 million in the years of outsourcing NMPD ambulances. As previously reported by State Audit representative Ilva Liepina-Milzaraja, NMPD had wasted state finances on multiple positions over the years.

For example, initially the contract stated that Rīgas Sanitārā transporta autobāze would provide vehicles not older than seven years to NMPD. This service would last until mid-2011. However, the audit showed that the age of half of vehicles provided prior to 30 June, 2014, was much higher. According to the contract, it was necessary to apply 20% reduction to the tariff for serviced hours for not updating the car park in time. This, however, was not done. In the end, NMPD had overpaid at least EUR 784,988 for this service.


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