Pa­tients get out­dated medicine, while clique sells hospi­tals to peo­ple im­pli­cated in fraud – PN

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

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.

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