Health Ministry launches in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into out­dated medicines at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

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.

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