The Board of East-Tallinn Central Hospital restored the powers of Ralf Allikvee as Chairman of the Board

25. March 2020

The meeting of the Board of East-Tallinn Central Hospital today, on 25 March, discussed the proposal of the Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart to restore the powers of Ralf Allikvee, and a resolution was passed to restore Ralf Allikvee’s powers as Chairman of the Board as of 25 March.

According to Kairi Vaher, Chairwoman of the Hospital Board, it is vital to have the Board of one of the largest hospitals in Tallinn working at full capacity and ensure optimal preparedness for treating patients in the current crisis. “Ralf Allikvee is a very experienced doctor and hospital manager,” said Vaher, “and in the current emergency situation, we need all top medical specialists to play their part in solving this crisis. The Board has been operating with three members and having Dr Allikvee back allows us to focus more on changes related to the organisation of work with regard to the established emergency situation in Estonia.”

“The Board takes the criminal proceedings initiated against hospital employees in January very seriously,” said Vaher. “We started reviewing public procurement-related processes. The suspicion placed on the Chairman is not related to corruption offences for self-interest; therefore, we felt there was an opportunity to restore his powers.”

Ralf Allikvee says he is ready to rejoin the Board to help treat patients in the emergency situation. “It’s important for hospitals to manage the increasing workload and the expected lack of labour and tools,” said Allikvee. “As a doctor, I also feel a moral obligation to do my part in stopping the epidemic.”