The Malta Independent 29 February 2024, Thursday
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Grech, Delia to file court case to recoup ‘stolen’ millions from hospitals deal

Sunday, 10 December 2023, 19:24 Last update: about 4 months ago

The Nationalist Party will be filing a court case to recoup the “stolen millions” from the hospitals’ deal because the government has not taken such action, Opposition Leader Bernard Grech and MP Adrian Delia said Sunday.

The plans were announced during a fundraising activity by the Nationalist Party. 

Grech said on Sunday that the PN has done everything in its power to push the prime minister, the police commissioner, the attorney general and the state advocate to take action, but they have done nothing about it and the only action that remains to be taken it to take the matter before the courts of law. 

“The PN remains the only body that is serving the people’s best interests. Adrian and I are going back to court to open a case and make sure the €400 million that were stolen are returned to the people,” Grech said. 

Delia said that in a normal country, all the public officials involved in this scandal would have resigned. This has not taken place in Malta, and the PN is the only institution that is doing its part to defend the country's interests. 

“We will continue to fight this until all those who wronged the country face the consequences of their actions. We cannot allow things to continue as if nothing has happened,” he said. 

The 2015 deal which saw three hospitals - St Luke’s, Karin Grech and the Gozo General hospitals - passed on to the private sector was annulled by a court in February, and confirmed on appeal in October.

The running of the three hospitals was initially handed over to Vitals Global Healthcare was later taken over by Steward Health Care.

The original judgment had described the contract as fraudulent while the Appeals Court ruled that there had been collusion.

Grech and Delia had demanded a meeting with Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa a day after the appeals court ruling, but they were told that the police would not be taking action until a magisterial inquiry is concluded.

The PN also filed a motion in Parliament for the government to recover the €400 million which were passed on to the hospital administrators, with the government replying that it was seeking legal redress through the International Chamber of Commerce.

Grech and Delia also filed a judicial protest against the Police Commissioner, the State Advocate and the Attorney General asking them to take action against the fraudulent deal. The three state authorities, in their reply, said that they were not empowered to take the action the PN was asking of them. 

 

 

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