VGH con­tracts: Prime Min­is­ter ‘is a threat to democ­racy’ – PN

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The be­hav­iour of gov­ern­ment mem­bers dur­ing the Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee meet­ing on Mon­day is to be con­demned, the Na­tion­al­ist Party said in state­ment yes­ter­day, adding that this kind of be­hav­iour by Joseph Mus­cat’s gov­ern­ment is a threat to democ­racy.

On the other hand, the PN said, Op­po­si­tion PAC mem­bers were the voice of the work­ers and pa­tients at St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal, Karen Grech Hos­pi­tal and Gozo Hos­pi­tal in de­mand­ing that the gov­ern­ment should come clean on the mat­ter and sup­ported a re­quest made by the Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Malta and the UĦM Voice of the Work­ers for a de­bate to take place.

On Mon­day, gov­ern­ment mem­bers ob­jected to a re­quest for a de­bate on the con­tracts signed by the gov­ern­ment with Vi­tals Global Health­care, with the Speaker set to de­cide on the is­sue.

The PN said that the con­tracts raise se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion doubts, in­clud­ing the fact that who ne­go­ti­ated them opened se­cret com­pa­nies in Panama, that the per­son with whom the ne­go­ti­a­tions were made is im­pli­cated in fraud cases in Canada and that the sign­ing of the con­tracts was made two days be­fore the goa­head was given for the Panama com­pa­nies to be opened.

The fact that Joseph Mus­cat does not want the PAC to in­ves­ti­gate the con­tracts is a con­fir­ma­tion that the PM is a threat to democ­racy, the PN said. With this kind of at­ti­tude Mus­cat is de­fend­ing “cor­rupt mil­lion­aires” to the detri­ment of work­ers and pa­tients.

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