Local Portuguese lender BNU has requested a court in Lisbon to enforce payment of a 6.3 million eu ros (MOP62.9 million) debt from Maló Clinic, Radio Macau reported on Saturday.
The request was submitted to the court last week. The clinic is owned by promi nent Portuguese dentist and health care entrepreneur Paulo Malo.
According to the Macau Post Daily, the court case comes in the wake of the government-ordered 180-day suspension of the licence of the private TaivexMalo Day Hos pital at the Venetian in Cotai last November due to allegations that the hospital was involved in the smuggling of medicines and also provided illegal assisted reproductive technology (ART) and cancer treatment services.
The suspension of the licence resulted in the closure of the local Malo Dental Clinic which was located on the hospital’s premises.
In January, local Portuguese- language newspaper Jornal Tribuna de Macau reported that the hospital’s premises were sealed by court order at the request of BNU over alleged default by the hospital owners.
Following the temporary sus pension of the licence of the hospi tal, the Venetian reportedly sent an eviction notice to its owners.
BNU is wholly owned by Portugal’s state-owned Caixa Geral de Depositos (CGD).
Paulo Malo told the Portuguese- language TV channel of government-owned broadcaster TDM earlier this year that he planned to re-open his dental clinic on newly leased premises in the city centre.