Morn­ing Af­ter Pill should only be avail­able by pre­scrip­tion – God­frey Far­ru­gia

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

Labour whip God­frey Far­ru­gia yes­ter­day in­sisted in Par­lia­ment that the morn­ing-af­ter-pill should be made avail­able only through a doc­tor’s pre­scrip­tion.

He out­lined the rea­son be­hind his de­ci­sion – that the Malta Health Delivery Sys­tem must guar­an­tee qual­ity health care, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and pub­lic health. Dr Far­ru­gia made this state­ment as he was tabling the MAP re­port be­fore the House.

In or­der to have qual­ity health care, Far­ru­gia ex­plained, a doc­tor who is aware of a pa­tient’s med­i­cal his­tory must be able to pro­vide a pa­tient with an as­sess­ment of the risks and side ef­fects of the med­i­ca­tion, while also be­ing able to dis­cuss long-term con­tra­cep­tive meth­ods and sex­ual health with the pa­tient.

Dr Far­ru­gia then went on to say that ac­ces­si­bil­ity to health care in Malta is ahead of other mem­ber states, since the coun­try was able to pro­vide a 24/7 health care cen­tre ser­vice. He said that in by­pass­ing doc­tors, EU coun­tries sac­ri­fice qual­ity of health in favour of ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

The pa­tient-doc­tor con­sul­ta­tion was also nec­es­sary to main­tain pub­lic health, since it would be eas­ier to “pre­vent and mon­i­tor sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases.”

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