Istrian Democratic Party (IDS) leader Boris Miletic on Monday evening issued a statement refuting as untrue Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic's claims that the construction of a general hospital in the biggest Istrian city of Pula has been halted during the term of the outgoing HDZ-led government.
In his statement Miletic, the mayor of Pula, calls on Milanovic to come to the construction site of the hospital so that he can see that installation of plumbing and wiring inside the facilities is under way.
"Milanovic , evidently, made a mistake or was misinformed," the IDS leader said, adding that the plan for the construction of the Pula general hospital had been launched some ten years ago. The IDS leader and the Pula mayor said that despite "bureaucratic catches" which he ascribes to the centralised state, the city has managed to start building the hospital.
Miletic has recalled that the city authorities granted the land for the construction of the new hospital and exempted the hospital from payment of utilities' contribution in the amount of HRK 17 million.
The SDP president and candidate for prime minister Zoran Milanovic said during a walkabout in Pula on Monday that no one understood why the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), in its short term in office, had stopped the construction of a new general hospital in Pula, as it "could only have profited" from it.
After an SDP rally in that Istrian city on Monday evening, Milanovic declined to give any additional comment on the matter.