PN to wait for in­quiry out­come be­fore tak­ing de­ci­sions on shadow health min­is­ter

Sus­pi­cious med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

The Na­tion­al­ist Party will await the out­come of an in­quiry be­fore tak­ing any de­ci­sions re­gard­ing its Shadow Min­is­ter for Health, Stephen Spi­teri, the Party in­formed The Malta In­de­pen­dent yes­ter­day.

Dr Spi­teri is fac­ing a for­mal in­quiry by the Med­i­cal Coun­cil re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates is­sued un­der his name fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Lovin Malta last year.

Pa­tients need­ing a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate were re­ported to have left their de­tails and €5 at a phar­macy and the cer­tifi­cate was re­port­edly then is­sued with­out a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion hav­ing taken place.

In com­ments to The Malta In­de­pen­dent, the PN said: “Dr Spi­teri de­nies all al­le­ga­tions and con­firms that he has been in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion for more than 25 years and has al­ways prac­tised to the high­est stan­dards.

“The Na­tion­al­ist Party will await the con­clu­sions of the Med­i­cal Coun­cil be­fore com­ment­ing any fur­ther.”

A pub­lic hear­ing on the is­sue is due to take place on 15 Oc­to­ber. The Med­i­cal Coun­cil has de­cided to pro­ceed with the in­quiry which could re­sult in Dr Spi­teri be­ing struck off the med­i­cal reg­is­ter.

“Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to Dr Spi­teri, the Med­i­cal Coun­cil Malta has ini­ti­ated its pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion of the mat­ter un­der re­view and has sub­se­quently re­ferred the mat­ter for the nec­es­sary pro­ceed­ings ac­cord­ing to law,” the Med­i­cal Coun­cil told the Lovin Malta web­site. These pro­ceed­ings re­fer to a full in­quiry un­der the Health Care Pro­fes­sions Act.

Stephen Spi­teri

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