Stradiņš hospital saga continues with debt allegations

Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital (PSKUS) has received dozens of letters from subcontractors of the former builder of the hospital's new building, LLC Velve, claiming that the company has not settled with them for the works carried out, PSKUS said March 5. 

"The hospital has received dozens of letters from subcontractors of Velve Ltd informing that they have not been paid in full for the works carried out since the spring of 2023," the PSKUS said, inviting contractors who have not yet contacted the hospital and have unresolved financial issues regarding the construction of the A2 building as subcontractors of Velve Ltd to contact the hospital.

According to the PSKUS, the hospital has settled its accounts with the construction company Velve Ltd, including an advance payment of EUR 4 million.

Since the termination of the contract with the builder, PSKUS has taken possession of the construction site. The hospital has now registered itself as the contractor on the building permit to use the hospital's financial resources in the coming months to ensure that the building has an adequate microclimate and safety, including the necessary temperature and security, and to carry out urgent works to prevent the accumulation of moisture into the new building.

The PSKUS said that it was planned to carry out emergency works on the building this year, as well as to find a new builder through an open tender, to complete the building to a high standard between early next year and the end of 2026 at the latest.

In parallel, the PSKUS is establishing damages for further recovery proceedings and for assessing the liability of former hospital board.

Stradiņš Hospital's contract with the construction company Velve was unilaterally terminated on February 13 and the site of the new building was taken over on February 21, also unilaterally and with the presence of the police.

Upon taking possession of the construction site, experts found that representatives of Velve Ltd, together with their personal belongings, had removed the project documentation belonging to the hospital from the construction site. The State Police has opened criminal proceedings against the construction company.

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