In the wake of the recent court decision to annul the Vitals/Steward contract, Malta’s Finance Minister, Clyde Caruana, has made a significant announcement during the first budget speech since the court’s decision.
The government is committing to bolster the investment in two crucial healthcare facilities, the Gozo General Hospital and the Karin Grech Hospital.
The investment slated for the next year is set at €75 million.
During this budget speech, Finance Minister Clyde Caruana did not delve into the details of the Vitals-Steward controversy, nor did he address the court’s findings. Instead, his focus was squarely on outlining the government’s vision for the future, with a significant emphasis on investing in and improving healthcare services.
The opposition’s stance, led by the Nationalist Party, has been clear in demanding the return of the money paid to Vitals/Steward. This stance was reinforced during a recent protest in Valletta, where Opposition Leader Bernard Grech and former leader Adrian Delia, among others, reiterated their concerns about the funds involved in the Vitals-Steward contract. Their argument revolves around the notion of ‘money stolen from the people’ and its potential alternative uses, which, according to them, could have greatly benefitted the Maltese population.