The Malta Independent 16 April 2024, Tuesday
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Nationalist Party calls for inquiry into state of Cospicua elderly home

Wednesday, 7 June 2023, 13:15 Last update: about 11 months ago

Following the recent alarming statements made by Active Ageing Minister Jo Etienne Abela, regarding the structural integrity of the Cospicua Elderly Home, The Nationalist Party (PN) is urging an immediate inquiry to determine the veracity of the claims.

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The government had announced the need to move residents of the home elsewhere as works were needed. During a parliamentary session, PN MP Paula Mifsud Bonnici had revealed that the elderly residents received official notice through a letter dated May 29, 2023. The letter informed them of the need to complete an application and select their top three preferred government elderly homes as part of the relocation process. Residents of the home find themselves in tears over eviction plans, following the government's announcement of relocation.

The PN said that, despite the minister creating alarm that the home could collapse, until today the elderly are living in the home. It also noted that, despite the minister is saying it was reported to him that there was a roof net visible during some works that were being carried out by the Government in 2022, "the minister continued to do nothing about this and he did not take any action to remove any form of danger."

The minister's responsibility, the PN said, is to determine why nothing was done for two years if what was alleged was true in the past two years.

The Opposition is also requesting that this inquiry determine all the works that have been carried out on this home over the years and also if there were other deficiencies that could have led to the condition of this home, and whether such deteriorations should lead to its demolition.

The Nationalist Party reiterates its commitment to upholding transparency and accountability in all matters concerning the Cospicua Elderly Home, the statement read. 


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