Speaker sends Vi­tals con­tract in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ci­sion back to PAC

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Speaker of the House Anglu Far­ru­gia yes­ter­day ruled that it is up to the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee mem­bers to de­cide whether to agree to the re­quest put for­ward by the Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Malta and UHM Voice of the Work­ers.

The unions in ques­tion had put for­ward a re­quest be­fore the PAC for the Au­di­tor Gen­eral and the com­mit­tee it­self to in­ves­ti­gate the hos­pi­tals pri­vati­sa­tion con­tract with Vi­tals Global Health­care. Mem­bers of PAC could not agree, with Jus­tice Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici in­sist­ing that the is­sue be dis­cussed be­fore the health par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee.

In ad­di­tion to this, Shadow Min­is­ter for Health Claudette But­tigieg had with­drew her re­quest for the Vi­tals con­tract to be dis­cussed be­fore the health com­mit­tee.

Dr Far­ru­gia urged for con­sen­sus in com­ing to an agree­ment on whether to in­ves­ti­gate the con­tract. He said that, “In light of a lack of di­rec­tion, the House is tied to ob­serve the prac­tices of the House of Com­mons (UK), as a gen­eral rule, only those mem­bers nom­i­nated in the com­mit­tee may take part in the de­lib­er­a­tions of the com­mit­tee.”

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