The Malta Independent 23 October 2018, Tuesday

Stephen Spiteri refuses to say whether he will resign if Medical Council finds wrongdoing

Kevin Schembri Orland Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:49 Last update: about 11 days ago

Nationalist MP Stephen Spiteri has refused to say whether he will resign if the Medical Council finds any wrongdoing on his part during the inquiry into allegations that he issued dodgy medical certificates.

The Medical Council launched its inquiry after an investigation by Lovin Malta last year.

A public hearing on the issue is to take place on 15 October. The Medical Council has decided to proceed with the inquiry which could result in Spiteri being struck off the medical register. Patients needing a medical certificate were reported to have left their details and €5 with at a pharmacy and the certificate was issued without there being a medical examination.

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This newsroom called Spiteri yesterday, and asked whether he will be suspending himself from Parliament pending the inquiry. While saying that he was with a patient, he took questions.

The MP said that he has no orders to suspend himself from the administration. This newsroom asked if he would do so from his own volition. “I will wait for the inquiry. Things will abide by the inquiry.”

This newsroom then asked whether, if the inquiry finds wrongdoing, he would resign as an MP. He did not answer the question and said: “the conclusions will be evident after the inquiry.” Pressed on the matter, he said “the answer will be given after the inquiry”.

Stephen Spiteri is the PN’s Spokesperson for Health, which make the allegations all the more serious.

The Nationalist Party has already commented on the situation, saying that it will wait for the outcome of the inquiry before taking any decisions on its shadow minister for health. In comments to The Malta Independent, the PN previously said that “Spiteri denies all allegations and confirms that he has been in the medical profession for more than 25 years and always practised to the highest standards. The Nationalist Party shall wait for the conclusions of the Medical Council before commenting any further.”

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