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Social Security behind in payments to FCC

It is working on the Hospital City project.

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The Hospital City project has been plagued with problems. The Hospital City project has been plagued with problems.
The Hospital City project has been plagued with problems. Roberto Cisneros

Social Security has been in default for seven months with payments to the Spanish company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S.A. (FCC), which is in charge of the construction of the Hospital City project in Ancón. 

The last payment that was made to the construction company was in November 2016. Since then, it stopped making the disbursements. 

The project, whose total cost is $517.5 million, began in 2012, but has been plagued in controversies due to deficiencies in construction materials and alleged administrative crimes by former Social Security authorities. 

All these factors caused the project to be halted between January 2015 and March 2016, and it was in April last year that work was resumed. 

Social Security reported that FCC presented accounts payable in January and April of this year and that steps are being taken for the corresponding payments, but did not specify the amounts. 

Other projects, such as the construction of the National Cancer Institute (ION), which will be next to the Hospital City, are also behind schedule. 

FCC has reportedly refused to continue the work until payments are made.

Data provided by Social Security shows that, as of November, $272.2 million had been paid.

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