The investigation alleging misuse of public funds and other charges dates back to 2003 when Esperanza Aguirre was President of the Madrid regional government.
A Court in Madrid has opened an investigation into the privatisation of hospitals in the capital in 2003, when the President of the region was Esperanza Aguirre.
It comes after the medical association, Afem, placed a complaint, alleging crimes of bribery, prevarication, and the misuse of public funds.
The complaint is 86 pages long and it has 70 annexes of documentation prepared by a lawyer’s office, the costs for which have been paid by a collection among the Madrid health workers.
Four members of the original group who started the privatisation process have been called to testify before the judge who has asked for a long list of information, from the facturas of the first three privatised hospitals, to a letter rogatory which he has sent to Luxembourg.
He also wants the managers of the 13 hospitals in Madrid, public and private to show their invoices for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Afem and the opposition think that the cost paid per patient was set to high in the private hospitals which opened in 2008, and they claim the cost per patient in the public sector, disproving the claim that privatisation was cheaper.
The case continues.