For André Ventura, at issue could be the “waste of millions of euros” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As soon as the legislative session begins, we will propose a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the Government's management during the covid period. The acquisition of tests, the acquisition of vaccines, the acquisition of equipment must be scrutinised,” he said.

On Thursday, the Court of Auditors (TdC) revealed that the prices set by the Government for Covid-19 diagnostic tests resulted in an increase in public expenditure estimated at 153.4 million euros between 2020 and 2021.

In a report published on its website, the TdC concludes that the prices set by the Ministry of Health for diagnostic tests for the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, reimbursed by the National Health Service (SNS), “did not always have to underlie the technical basis presented by the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA)”.

This “harmed the transparency of the respective price formation processes and resulted in increased public expenditure”, concludes the report.

For André Ventura, “this clearly shows how these people manage the country, how these people waste millions, when we then know, two or three years later, that this money was ultimately misused”.