Parliamentary Secretary Franco Mercieca believes that even though other ophthalmologists at Mater Dei may be qualified in field of cornea and anterior segment surgery, his experience in this highly specialised field gives him the edge since he is the one who performs this kind of surgery on a regular basis, rather than treat a handful of such cases each year.
Mr Mercieca said this to The Malta Independent online, following the remarks made earlier by the head of the Mater Dei Ophthalmology Department Thomas Fenech ,who told this portal that Mr Mercieca is not “indispensable” to his department.
Whilst partly agreeing with Dr Fenech, Mr Mercieca explained that the patient’s interest dictates that each member of the ophthalmology department focuses on his area of specialisation, to have the highest possible success rate.
As an example he said that a professional footballer can play in attack and try to score, but a renowned striker would stand a much bigger chance of succeeding than a defender and vice versa.
Mr Mercieca said that for this reason, he was granted permission by the prime minister to continue to perform his duties as an ophthalmologist.
He said that he is confident he will still be able to carry out his new responsibilities as parliamentary secretary, since the number of cases involving cornea and anterior segment surgery cases is rather limited due to the size of the local population.
He concluded that he has no personal issues with Mr Fenech stressing that he is not the type who likes to antagonise situations.