Medical supplier fined R50,000 for alleged conspiracy in provincial government tender

A Western Cape medical equipment supplier has been fined R50,000 for allegedly collaborating on a provincial health ministry tender, the Competition Tribunal said on Friday.

It was also ordered to implement a competition law compliance program.

Intermed, which has been in existence since 1987, describes itself on its website as a small company and a specialist distributor of medical equipment. He denies having violated the Competition Act and accepted the terms of a consent agreement with the Competition Commission without admitting liability.

In a statement, the court said that Intermed had “fully” cooperated with the Competition Commission.

According to the statement, Intermed did not win the tender in question, which was “small” at one million rand estimated over three years.

But an investigation by the Competition Commission – prompted by a complaint from the Western Cape Health Ministry in 2019 – found that in an attempt to secure the contract, Intermed and another medical supplier, who did not could be immediately contacted for comment outside office hours. , had helped each other to complete their tender documents and that this amounted to a collusive bid.

The tender was for the supply of diagnostic kits – used to examine patients’ eyes, ears, nose and throat – to hospitals and health facilities under the department’s control.

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