The Official Gazette of the Province (BOP) has published the announcement of the call for cover the position of manager in the public company of the Cabildo, Instituto Médico Tinerfeño SA (IMETISA). This senior management position is up for competition after the dismissal, in June of last year, of the previous one, Ramón Martín Folgueras – he had been in office since 2004 – “for disciplinary reasons”. This process opens a new chapter in an entity that has been under suspicion for alleged management irregularities for several years. The group of Yes We Can Canary Islands in the insular institution has warned of them on several occasions until presenting a complaint before the end of 2021 Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. Yesterday, her spokesperson, María José Belda, positively valued the news although she insisted that “we must maintain the line of future integration in the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS)”.
Belda proposes that this company “extinct” and be integrated into the SCS “as we have repeatedly defended.” He recalls that “the Cabildo lacks powers in health matters, so it is appropriate that this entity does not continue among the companies managed by the island corporation and passes to the Government of the Canary Islands.” The counselor states that Imetisa “It has been one of many entities created over the years in the swarm of the insular public sector.” He points out that “it has covered alleged irregularities as a sink for the money of all Tenerife citizens.” The spokeswoman for Sí Podemos Canarias highlights: “We believe that the management profile of a public company in the health sector must be covered by a person with training in this field”, to which she adds that “one of the complaints that fell about the figure of the former manager is that he lacked a profile adjusted to the sector and, however, he had the power to make decisions about the medical tests to which the patients underwent. María José Belda concludes: “Our group also hopes that the position to cover the management of the Institute of Technology and Renewable Energies (ITER) will be published shortly.”
At the beginning of June of last year, a group of workers denounced alleged irregularities in the management of the manager before the Diputación del Comun. Among them, the use of the hyperbaric chamber of the health facility. From the workplace there is also a reference to an “alleged transfer and destruction of confidential documentation” that occurred on May 28. Sí Podemos Canarias requests explanations at the beginning of June from the Board of Directors, which agrees to open a file on the 11th and once the time to allege has passed, the manager is dismissed at the end of the month for “disciplinary reasons.”
and more complaints
The insular group of Sí Podemos Canarias requests an investigation in July in the Cabildo, since it also considers “irregular” the appointment “by finger” of José Gregorio Pérez Medina as “technical advisor for economic control in the company.” The group exposes that “he has already held other positions of trust in socialist administrations” and wants to know “how and why he has been chosen.” In October, Sí Podemos insists that the appointment of the former manager of Imetisa “was carried out in an allegedly illegal manner, by means of a mere agreement in 2005 of the Board of Directors, then chaired by CC, under the area directed by the former councilor Cristina Valido ». This appointment, he adds, “was carried out without the corresponding call for a selective process, without respecting the principles of equality or publicity, and without carrying out any tests.” Finally, at the end of last December, Sí Podemos denounced “two irregular hirings in Imetisa during the mandate of the Canarian Coalition” before the Prosecutor’s Office. The purple political formation assures that it has requested the files “but without obtaining a response.”
Imetisa is 90% owned by the Cabildo de Tenerife and 10% by the Canarian Health Service (SCS). It was created in 1998 to provide the public nuclear magnetic resonance service. Its facilities are located at the base of the HUC heliport tower. At the end of that year, a multiplace hyperbaric chamber was installed, where a therapy is developed that contributes to the repair of tissues affected by various pathologies. It is the only public facility of this nature in the Archipelago. It has a variable staff of between 11 and 25 workers according to its own website. Ramón Folgueras had been a manager since May 2004 in a freely appointed position.
The publication in the BOP opens a new path in Imetisa, that of transparency. At the moment, a manager is sought and those interested have fifteen working days, starting last Monday, to submit their applications. It is a contract for senior management personnel that requires a minimum experience of two years in similar functions. Black on white, with light and stenographers.