Janne-Olli Järvenpää, the chief executive of Mehiläinen, says the private medical care provider has no reason to renege on its outsourcing agreement with Kemi, Keminmaa, Simo and Tornio.
“We have no reason withdraw. We committed legally to the project when we submitted our offer. We can’t legally withdraw, nor do we have any reason to withdraw,” he stated in an interview with Kauppalehti on Friday.
Mehiläinen recently announced it has signed an agreement with the four municipalities for establishing a joint venture to provide most of the basic health care services in Länsi-Pohja and take over the operations of the Länsi-Pohja Central Hospital until 2032. The joint venture will be in the majority ownership of Mehiläinen.
The computational value of the agreement is estimated to rise to over one billion euros.
Järvenpää also commented on the statements of Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance. Orpo has described the outsourcing agreement as “a coup” for the private medical care provider and expressed his hope that the municipalities re-consider their decision.
“I don’t think Orpo has been informed well enough about the procurement process and the economic and regional significance of the joint venture,” told Järvenpää.
He called attention to the long relationship between the four municipalities and Mehiläinen: “We have an over ten-year-long customer relationship with the municipalities in Länsi-Pohja. We’re very familiar with the region. If we get an invitation to tender from an important customer, the chief executive has no choice but to make the bid.”
“It’s not our duty to comment on regional policy issues. We’re moving forward in accordance with the conditions set by the customer,” said Järvenpää.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Panu Pohjola – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi