In­pa­tient man­age­ment at Mount Carmel Hos­pi­tal ‘piti­ful’, for­mer health min­is­ter charges

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Par­tit Demokratiku MPs God­frey Far­ru­gia and Mar­lene Far­ru­gia have re­quested a meet­ing with the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Mount Carmel Hos­pi­tal to fol­low up on a re­quest that was made to the Com­mis­sioner of Men­tal Health to in­ves­ti­gate the man­age­ment’s mal­prac­tices at Ward 8b.

This ward has pa­tients who suf­fer from sub­stance re­lated prob­lems. The Com­mis­sioner has in­ves­ti­gated the case, but a re­port has not yet been pub­lished and the PD MPs now want more in­for­ma­tion

In his let­ter, which was pub­lished yes­ter­day, God­frey Far­ru­gia said: “Men­tal health ser­vices have to be ad­dressed by new pro­to­cols, best prac­tices and re­sources that solve present chal­lenges. In­pa­tient man­age­ment at MCH is piti­ful and in dire straits. We note that the pa­tients’ char­ter rights is be­ing bro­ken and hu­man dig­nity is not al­ways be­ing up­held. Cer­tain wards lack a pa­tient cen­tric ap­proach due to short­com­ings im­posed by man­age­ment. The or­ga­ni­za­tion struc­ture of MCH is in dis­ar­ray and there is lit­tle com­mu­ni­ca­tion with health­care pro­fes­sion­als.”

Dur­ing the visit, God­frey Far­ru­gia wrote that par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence will be given to pa­tients who suf­fer from sub­stance re­lated prob­lems and who are be­ing man­aged at Ward 8b.

“It is our in­ten­tion to dis­cuss these mat­ters with your man­age­ment and we hope that the Direc­tor Gen­eral Health Care Ser­vices, Dr Clarence Pace will team lead our visit. We would like to visit some wards,” he said in the let­ter.

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