One day after ‘no pa­tients in hospi­tal cor­ri­dors’ dec­la­ra­tion, photo shows oth­er­wise

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

One day after Health Min­is­ter Chris Fearne cat­e­gor­i­cally an­nounced that no pa­tients are be­ing kept in the cor­ri­dors at Mater Dei Hospi­tal, a reader sent in this photo show­ing that this is not the case.

On Tues­day, Min­is­ter Fearne told Par­lia­ment that there are no more pa­tients in hospi­tal cor­ri­dors, de­scrib­ing this as “a stark con­trast” with the 2,009 pa­tients that were treated in cor­ri­dors in 2015. In 2012, the num­ber of such pa­tients was 8,118.

The photo sent to us by a reader shows at least three pa­tients ly­ing on stretch­ers in the cor­ri­dors at the Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency De­part­ment. It is not known how long they stayed there.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day evening, the Health Min­istry said the pa­tients in the photo were not re­ceiv­ing treat­ment but wait­ing for med­i­cal tests or re­sults of such tests.

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