Patients get outdated medicine, while clique sells hospitals to people implicated in fraud – PN
Patients deserve more dignity
The Nationalist Party spokesperson for Health, Claudette Buttigieg, said that while patients are being given outdated medicine, the administration’s clique is selling hospitals to people who are allegedly involved in cases of fraud.
Addressing a press conference in reaction to news that patients at Mater Dei Hospital received outdated medicines for swine flu, Mrs Buttigieg said that this is very serious and the issue is raising some important questions.
She said that patients deserve more dignity and the minister’s claim that this is all “normal” is unacceptable. “If this is truly normal, why did the government open an inquiry into the matter?” she asked.
Minister for Health Chris Fearne on Monday said that an independent inquiry will look into the matter and it should be concluded in a period of two weeks.
The PN MP reiterated Simon Busuttil’s promise that if elected in government, the Nationalist Party will be investigating all contracts signed by Minister Konrad Mizzi, including the one with Ram Tumuluri and Vitals Group Healthcare.
“Let’s just hope that the government is not trying to hide the outof-stock issue with outdated medicines,” she said.
She also asked how come the government was not alerted of this before it happened and if the system is actually working or not.
Asked by this newsroom to explain what would happen if a Nationalist government discovers foul play in the hospital contracts, Mrs Buttigieg said that she cannot answer that question because the Opposition only saw censored copies of the contracts with no important details.
“We would be able to discuss that if we had access to the whole contract. But we only saw parts of it, the rest is hidden.”
Also speaking at the press conference Dr Mario Rizzo Naudi said that the issue’s seriousness also depends on how these medicines were stored.