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Senate health panel chief probed over Lombardy contracts

Lombardy health chief also under investigation

Senate health panel chief probed over Lombardy contracts

Rome, December 18 - The head of the Senate's health committee, Antonio Tomassini, was among several people placed under investigation Tuesday in connection with suspected bribery and corruption over contracts granted to private healthcare facilities by the regional government of Lombardy. Tomassini is a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom party. Among the others placed under investigation was Lombardy Health Director-General Carlo Lucchina, sources close to the probe said. Police searched Lucchina's home and offices in Milan. Lombardy is one of two Italian regions whose PdL-led governments were dissolved after corruption scandals. The other is Lazio. The two regions - plus Molise whose elections were scrapped because of irregularities - will have new elections on the same day as the general election, either February 17 or February 24. Corruption scandals have hit other parties in other parts of Italy.

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