Mar­lene Far­ru­gia presents mo­tion to have VGH con­tracts de­bate in Par­lia­ment

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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