Disciplinary processes in CCSS are stuck in time

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Investigations and eventual sanctions for the acquisition of actives without previous studies, conflict of interests, irregularities in the buying and even the possible alteration of files in the records of medicine are just part of the cases in which there are no responsible people yet, in the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS).

Only in the last year, to the Centro para la Instrucción de Procedimientos Administrativos (CIPA) of the Caja, around 200 “complex” investigations came in against some of the staff, in special the ones about patrimonial harm or severe faults, like the cases of sexual and occupational harassment.

All of these joined other processes that remain active and end up accumulating months and years before a sanctioning measure or absolution of the involved ones arrive.

An example of it is the process against the manager of Pensiones, Miguel Pachco Ramírez, who since December 2010 was taken away from his charge due to many accusations, and today, 25 months later, there are no results.

Pacheco is being investigated by the “not presentation of budget” from the Management and the implementation of an “improving plan” without the feasibility studies, from 2008 to 2010 he created 338 new job positions and that didn’t help positively the operation.

Pacheco was suspended more than a year and a half while still getting his salary (3.6 million colones per month) and actually, to make use of the job position, Caja put him in a Medic Management area.

Another pending case is the investigation for anomalies in the buying process of medicines, made from the Logistic Management Agency.

In this investigation there’s at least five involved ones, included the ex-manager Ubaldo Carillo, who last year was moved to the Direction of Pensiones.

Appeals: CIPA is a “Technical Jurisdictional Unit specialized in the processing of administrative procedures”, explained her manager, Maritza Cantillo, and is formed by 25 people, 14 of them are lawyers.

Cantillo pointed out that the time it takes the instruction of a case is not necessarily dependant on CIPA, since in many occasions there’s the gathering of evidence in the middle.

Some other times, said the official, the cases are extended in time because of actions from the involved ones.

On the other hand, the recommendations from CIPA are not necessarily binding to the cases.

Luis Fernando Campos, administrative manager from CAJA, recognized the delay in relevant cases, which is why they will now ask the headquarters to resolve the majority of the issues.

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