73% of the mea­sures pre­sented in last year’s bud­get suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

This year, the gov­ern­ment im­ple­mented 80 more bud­get mea­sures than the num­ber im­ple­mented in 2014.

Head of Pub­lic Ser­vice Sec­tor Mario Cu­ta­jar said this dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held at Castille yes­ter­day in which jour­nal­ists were pre­sented with a thick book­let show­ing the 2016 bud­get mea­sures which were im­ple­mented.

He said that this year, the gov­ern­ment man­aged to im­ple­ment 52 more mea­sures than in 2015. Mr Cu­ta­jar ex­plained that 73% of the mea­sures an­nounced dur­ing last Oc­to­ber’s bud­get are al­ready im­ple­mented. The rea­son why not all mea­sures were im­ple­mented is be­cause some are planned to be com­plete over a pe­riod of years.

It is the third time that the Pub­lic Ser­vice Sec­tor car­ried out this ex­er­cise to give a snap­shot of what was im­ple­mented from last year’s bud­get. Mr Cu­ta­jar said that the bud­get is the gov­ern­ment’s plan for the up­com­ing year, but the im­ple­men­ta­tion is key.

He ex­plained that the mea­sures pre­sented in the bud­get that are not com­plete within their time­frame are flagged so that they are looked into later on. There were 236 bud­get mea­sures in 2014 and more than 370 for the year 2016.

“This book­let shows that the pub­lic ser­vice sec­tor can de­liver,” he added.

Mr Cu­ta­jar said that these mea­sures in­clude some of the most im­por­tant pro­pos­als pre­sented in the bud­get, like the mea­sures to tackle out of stock medicines and the wait­ing lists for op­er­a­tions.

The book pre­sented is one of the three planned to be pub­lished this year. One of the books will present the gov­ern­ment’s replies to the NAO re­port.

“We’re on track. The pub­lic sec­tor ser­vice is bear­ing fruit.”

Last year, 68% of the bud­get mea­sures pre­sented the pre­vi­ous year were suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented.

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