Marlene Farrugia presents motion to have VGH contracts debate in Parliament
Democratic Party leader Marlene Farrugia yesterday presented a motion to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, requesting a parliamentary debate on the contracts signed by the government with Vitals Global Healthcare.
The contracts are for the running of three hospitals – St Luke’s, Karen Grech and the Gozo hospital – which has led to a political controversy mostly because sections of the contract have not been published.
Two unions, the Medical Association of Malta and the UĦM Voice of the Workers, are refusing to sign agreements until the matter is debated by the Public Accounts Committee. The Speaker is still to take a decision on whether this debate will take place in the PAC or in another parliamentary committee, that which covers health issues.
Dr Farrugia said that in the wake of protests by the public, the Nationalist Opposition, MAM, UĦM and the Democratic Party, it is clear that the public has not been informed well about the changes being made in the health sector.
This includes specifically the VGH contracts, Dr Farrugia argues, calling for a debate in Parliament on the issue, apart from that at PAC level.