Heart Trust NTA is hitting back at suggestions that a commercial arrangement it has with a company in which its Board Chairman, Edward Gabiddon, has an interest is irregular and not above board.

The Heart Trust says its arrangement with SynCon Technologies Limited to provide technical services to the Trust is above board.

Heart defended the process used to engage the company in a statement to the media.

The statement was in response to a newspaper publication which questioned the issuance of contracts to SynCon which is a company where Mr. Gabbidon is a Director.

Heart noted that major contracts issued to SynCon were put to tender.

The Trust also outlined the extensive procurement process which is required for the issuance of contracts to private sector companies.

According to the HEART Trust, that process was strictly observed in respect of SynCon Technologies Limited.

Additionally, Heart says no exception was given to SynCon and the procurement committee was allowed to perform its independent function prior approval of the contracts.

The Government agency says that at no time was there any hint of interference by Mr. Gabbidon in the procurement process.

The Heart Trust also noted that it had a commercial relationship with SynCon before Mr. Gabbidon became Chairman of the Trust and when he became Chairman, Gabbidon declared his interest as is required by Government rules and regulations.

According to the Heart, after a review of the processes engaged which led to the issuance of the contracts to Syncon, it’s satisfied that there was no breach of the Government’s procurement rules and guidelines.