Taking to social media, Dr Frank Portelli expressed his call to build a new hospital of the same calibre as Mater Dei in Malta.
Portelli said that Mater Dei Hospital provides an excellent medical service to the Maltese population and to foreigners, whether tourists or workers.
‘Since MDH first opened its doors to patients 15 years ago, the demand has increased dramatically’ he said. This has made the hospital far too small for our needs, said Portelli.
To also tackle the issue of overworked staff, Portelli proposed building another general hospital of the same calibre as MDH. He went on to give more reasons why this could be useful, saying that we need to abandon the idea of a ‘one site’ hospital.
This is the principle of not putting all our eggs in one basket. ‘The new hospital should ideally use the same type of equipment as Mater Dei so tha staff will be at home when they move and instruments being duplicated (act as) backup.’
This would also ease the pressure off of MDH. ‘We need to act now as it takes time. Employ local contractors & it will stimulate the economy for a few years.’
As per a site for the new hospital, the doctor also proposed modernising St Luke’s Hospital and to purchase property on the Pieta Sea Front to create multiple access.