Delia calls on Fearne to join him in Vi­tals fight; ‘I don’t need your guid­ance,’ DPM replies

Malta Independent - - News -

Op­po­si­tion Leader Adrian Delia has called on Prime Min­is­ter Robert Abela and Health Min­is­ter Chris Fearne to join him in his fight against the “ob­scene” Vi­tals deal.

Delia de­liv­ered letters to Abela and Fearne shortly af­ter another sit­ting in the court case he in­sti­tuted over the con­tro­ver­sial hos­pi­tals pri­vati­sa­tion con­tract.

In Wed­nes­day’s sit­ting, an au­di­tor who sat on the eval­u­a­tion and ad­ju­di­ca­tion board con­firmed that Vi­tals failed to ad­here to most of its con­trac­tual agree­ments, Delia said.

This in­cluded the lack of in­vest­ment by Ox­ley Group via Blue­stone In­vest­ment and the promised pur­chase of equip­ment, he con­tin­ued.

Delia said the Mal­tese pub­lic is be­ing robbed of a quar­ter of a mil­lion eu­ros daily through the ob­scene deal.

“In view of this, I have pre­pared a let­ter for the Health Min­is­ter, who has al­ready ex­pressed that he did not agree with this con­tract. I will in­form him that we now have in­dis­putable ev­i­dence that the con­tract should be ter­mi­nated. I will in­vite him to as­so­ciate him­self with me in this fight to can­cel this con­tract.”

He also said the Prime Min­is­ter is not treat­ing the mat­ter with ur­gency.

Delia then pro­ceeded to de­liver the let­ter to the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter at the Health Min­istry. Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists af­ter the meet­ing, Delia said Fearne had promised to give his feed­back, adding that the DPM needed some time to do this since the visit was unan­nounced.

He then de­liv­ered a sim­i­lar let­ter to the Prime Min­is­ter at the

Au­berge de Castille and another to Jus­tice Min­is­ter Ed­ward Zam­mit Lewis.

In a tweet later in the af­ter­noon, Fearne said he would not let him­self be used in the PN’s in­fight­ing. He said he does not need Delia’s ad­vice on mat­ters of na­tional im­por­tance, adding that Mal­tese pol­i­tics de­serve se­ri­ous­ness, not “the­atrics.”

Re­ply­ing to other ques­tions, Delia de­nied hav­ing met the Prime Min­is­ter in se­cret. He in­sisted that all his en­gage­ments were pub­lic and that he was only called for one meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter this month, where mat­ters of na­tional im­por­tance were dis­cussed.

He also in­sisted that there is no shadow over him, when asked about his tax af­fairs. In an in­ter­nal PN due dili­gence ex­er­cise, Delia ad­mit­ted that he owes some taxes. He said, how­ever, that he has al­ready in­vited jour­nal­ists to a press con­fer­ence where all his doc­u­ments were made avail­able for scru­tiny and in­sisted he has nothing to hide.

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