There is the utmost confidentiality on the offers received to take over the Gemelli, an excellent health facility that Rome has decided to put up for sale for debts and financial problems. The commission is working to evaluate the 5 proposals arrived, two of which from potential Molise buyers who also coincide with two private groups: in addition to the Neuromed which belongs to the MEP Aldo Patriciello there is the San Stefar. The other three are the Humanitas group, the Iervolino group and the Vito Gamberale fund.
In all this, the Molise Region has so far not been involved in the slightest and has remained silent. The reactions that point the finger at the lack of transparency of the procedure, the damage that health would receive from the privatization of the former Cattolica and the problem of employees (about 400) who however should be reintegrated into the new project according to the reassurances circulated.
The mayor of Capracotta Candido Paglione writes today: “A strong and authoritative stance is needed on the matter and to do so must be the holders of the planning and accreditation power, certainly not the potential competitors”. For Paglione, the sale of the Gemelli seems “the story of Totò who wanted to sell the Trevi fountain”, since it is an institution “financed entirely with public resources precisely because it contributed, together with the hospitals, to the provision of quality services for Molise and the neighboring regions. It is beyond all logic of common sense – concludes Paglione – the sale of the health care activities and the headquarters, or even its rent to other private individuals. The Region has the right to exercise the responsibility to build a future by taking over the possession of the structure and technologies paid for by the public to possibly transfer Cardarelli’s activities to that site, considered unsafe and not up to standard “.
However, it is too late for public-private integration, in addition to all the obstacles that have already been highlighted that do not make it a viable transition. In the meantime, Rome, that is the headquarters, is expected to say something or take a decision following the appeal launched by Pope Bergoglio, which he recalled to public service, all the more necessary in a post-covid moment in which the collapse of specialist visits it is having important consequences on the health of citizens.
Gemini, offers are evaluated: waiting to know the buyers. The Pope: “Even the Church does not sell health care”