Woman who died 30 years ago receives letter to call Mater Dei Hospital
Mater Dei Hospital has sent a letter to a woman who died 30 years ago, asking her to phone the hospital because “there was no reply” when “we tried to contact you”.
The letter was mailed to the address where the woman used to reside before her death in 1986, a residence where the woman’s daughter now lives with her family. The daughter was flabbergasted when the letter, addressed to her late mother, was delivered by the postman. She thought it was some kind of sick joke and was taken aback even more when, upon opening the envelope, she discovered that it had been sent by Mater Dei Hospital.
The letter, dated 12 September 2016, asks her mother to contact the hospital as part of an exercise to update operation/intervention waiting lists. The letter does not carry a name, but is signed by someone from the Theatre System Office. “I was very upset,” she told
The Malta Independent. “I would expect that the authorities of the hospital would do some double checking before mailing letters to people.”
The daughter was so distraught that she could not call the hospital on the number provided, and asked her uncle to do so on her behalf.
The answer he got when he called the hospital was that “these things happen. It’s a mistake.”
No apology was offered.
I was very upset