by a Blog Reader
Carmen Ciantar, the CEO of the Foundation for Medical Services (FMS), had good reason to suspend herself. After the courts pointed out that the hospitals spent over €400,000,000 to Vitals and Stewart and got nothing of substance in return, both she and Minister Chris Fearne should have resigned. No CEO fritters away almost half a billion euros and keeps her post as if nothing happened. Yet, keep her post she did.
The next thing she should have done as CEO was to put pressure on the police to recover the €400,000,000 and reimburse the hospitals that are falling apart for lack of major renovations. We have no evidence that she exercised pressure on the police to recover the money. On the contrary, it was prominent members of the opposition party that went to the police headquarters to beg for a serious criminal investigation. From Carmen Ciantar we didn’t even hear a word of shock or surprise that the money had disappeared in thin air. Or any support or appreciation for the gentlemen that went to the police headquarters doing what should have been her job. A years-long robbery it was with Ciantar and Fearne snoring at the helm.
How does Ciantar explain her behaviour in the face of this widespread corruption under her leadership? Is it normal for a CEO to behave this way? Of course, not. Her intransigence in the face of the above should have seen her, at the very least, fired for serious dereliction of duty. That Fearne didn’t fire her raises the same questions about him too. Who are these two to be exempted from a sacred sense of duty to the nation’s healthcare system? Careless shepherds make an excellent dinner for wolves.
A Pakistani newspaper singled out Carmen Ciantar for receiving kickbacks from Vitals. Ciantar denied this and asked for an investigation to clear her name. An investigator worth his salt would start with a series of questions in such a situation. Did Ciantar do any favours for Vitals? We know she did by failing to notice that Vitals was cleaning out the public purse. We haven’t heard of any attempt by her to get the police to recover the stolen money. She should have been banging on tables and screaming her lungs out to get the money back. Instead, she picks up the Pakistani story and guns down the police and courts with repeat legal letters to clear her name. Carmen has teeth in place, but she is ridiculously selective where to bite. A half a billion-euro chocolate bar of Toblerone she ignores but then sinks her teeth into a distant Pakistani samosa. And she asks for the samosa incident to be investigated. Instead, she should have asked the authorities to investigate everything, starting with “How did I miss €400 million slipping out of my fingers when we were getting nothing in return? Did this create any benefits for Vitals? Did Vitals have any incentive to reward me for my incompetence? Were I rewarded? Of course not. Then why didn’t I pressure the police to recover the stolen money?”Carmen Ciantar has made strange choices even if they are not strange for her. Strange things blew through her office for years, and she didn’t seem to notice. There is no compromise where there is corruption. The CEO has to fight it tooth and nail. Keep fighting and biting Carmen. But not just the samosa. But also, the world’s biggest Toblerone