“More than 2 years after the outbreak of the pandemic, and a few months after the extraordinary increase in energy, gas and raw materials, the Procurement Code is facing the challenge of revising prices for services and supplies, showing all its inadequacy to respond to these two crises which involve central purchasing bodies on the one hand and the companies that provide services for the health sector on the other. ” Egidio Paolettipresident of Assosistema Confindustria, today at the opening of the proceedings of the public assembly.
“Services such as rental, sanitation, return of hospital gowns, operating room kits, sterilization of surgical instruments, dressing of hospital beds and emergency rooms – pointed out Paoletti – are essential services that allow the health system national law to function, therefore they cannot be interrupted and for this reason they should be better protected by a code or by a legislator that provides for specific mechanisms to prevent the service from being interrupted or suffering repercussions “.
“For over a year – underlined Paoletti – we request an intervention by the legislator on the price revision, in the contracts in progress, also in the six services and supplies sector, to adjust the unpredictable cost increases that companies have been enduring since last year. If it is true that it is important to build a bridge, it is equally important to serve a hospital and guarantee the national health service “.
Paoletti then recalled that “in recent years we have been certain that the Procurement Code is aimed at better managing the construction of the tender and the choice of the best contractor, but requires specific legislation on the execution of the service and supply in terms of redesign and contractual revision“.
For this reason, he continued, “we propose to the legislator to reform the new Procurement Code through the creation of two separate implementing decrees between works on the one hand and services and supplies on the other and, considering the role that the Regions are having and will increasingly have in the management of public procurement in healthcare, we also propose to include the State-Regions Conference on the subject of price revision. This is also to ensure that the problems that emerged during the pandemic can represent the extraordinary nature of an event from which to learn to better organize the administrative machinery for the new challenges “.
At the end of the Assembly, Paoletti expressed concern about the possible gas rationing for the winter period. “I believe that we must all work to avoid this possibility – he urged – and commit ourselves so that the use, even if rationed, does not lead to the stoppage of industrial activities that could not work without gas, thus generating problems for sectors such as this one. Our will as an association is not to criticize or reason ex post on the decisions taken. This is why we are immediately available to plan and possibly plan the service for next winter “, he concluded.