Curiamo la corruzione (We Treat Corruption)
The aim of the project was to enforce a Healthcare Integrity System, ensuring more efficiency and fair market rules through collective actions with institutions, hospitals, Local Health Authorities (LHA), civil society and private companies.
Despite the widespread recognition within Italy of the existence of corruption in the healthcare sector, for example only 15% of citizens reported the sector as being ‘clean’ and the Italian Government, defining health as “one of the sectors most exposed to the risk of corruption for financial reasons.” However, it was deemed impossible to calculate how widespread the corruption is, what damage it causes and which sectors are most at risk.
- Analysis of the sector and identification of the greatest risks of corruption, examining three different aspects: the phenomenon of corruption in contracts, the economic efficiency of healthcare and hospital companies, the perception of operators in the sector.Research & analysis
- Training for the staff of health and hospital companies.Implementation of new policy & practice
- Preparation and adoption by the competent institutions of recommendations to improve the levels of transparency, integrity, responsibility and ethics in the health sector.Advocacy
- Development and adoption by hospital companies of guidelines for the development of anti-corruption plans.Implementation of new policy & practice
- Promotion of an Italian ‘Sunshine Act’ to increase transparency in the sector.Advocacy
- The whistle-blowing online platform has been adopted by Adoption of whistle-blowing online platform in 11 Local Health Authorities (LHA)
- Yearly public events dedicated to the anti-corruption in the healthcare sector were organised, raising awareness of the topic;
- Local communities and organisations were successfully engaged in the anti-corruption activities in the healthcare sector sector.
- The ‘Sunshine Act’ was approved by the Italian government.
TI-Italy is launching the first Italian Healthcare Integrity Forum, a multi-stakeholder initiative where local health authorities, public institutions. CSOs and expert will collaborate in order to develop policies and practices against corruption.
- Sustainability is the key issue when working in such a complex environment. Therefore it is important when planning finances to strategize on an activity basis, as opposed to a project basis.
- Projects which involve the adoption of IT tools can be complex. In this instance it transpired that different LHAs had different IT infrastructures particularly in the case of this project by LHA is complex because they have different IT infrastructures and usually they externalize the IT processes.