Health Ministry launches independent inquiry into outdated medicines at Mater Dei Hospital
Minister for Health Chris Fearne has launched an independent inquiry to investigate the greenlighting by Mater Dei Hospital to give outdated medicines to patients. The inquiry should be concluded in two weeks and is being led by Doreen Ellul, from the office of the permanent secretary.
Speaking to journalists following a press conference of the government‘s National Diabetes Plan, the minister said that he came to know about the outdated medicine issue after the Times of Malta reported it. The newspaper reported hospital CEO Ivan Falzon saying that the decision to give expired medicine to patients in critical condition was made following discussions between clinicians and hospital authorities.