The Court of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, has initiated an audit to investigate the concession contract of the Hospital Metropolitano Doutor Célio de Castro in Barreiro, Belo Horizonte.
The decision took place on 14 October due to a complaint lodged by Facility Central de Serviços Ltda. The investigation will be focused on the pre-operational phase of the concession process.
The concession contract was signed in March 2012 and it has a period of 20 years. The concessionaire is a consortium composed of Construtora Andrade Gutierrez S/A, Gocil Serviços de Vigilância e Segurança Ltda., and Vivante S/A.
The hospital has an area of 42,000 m² and is made up, among others, of 12 floors, 320 beds, 12 operating rooms, multipurpose halls and libraries.
The total project investment was estimated at R$160 million (US$42.6 million). Additionally, the concessionaire will have to invest approximately R$40 million (US$10.6 million) to maintain the facilities during the 20-year concession period.
Belo Horizonte is the sixth largest city in Brazil. The metropolis is anchor to the Belo Horizonte metropolitan area, ranked as the third most populous metropolitan area in Brazil. It is the first planned modern city in Brazil.