Woman who died 30 years ago re­ceives let­ter to call Mater Dei Hospi­tal

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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

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