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