Watch: Fearne orders inquiry on Gozo air ambulance case

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne announced that an inquiry has been ordered to assess what happened with the Steward Healthcare air ambulance in Gozo on Friday.

Nationalist MP Chris Said took to social media to state that a critically-ill patient was admitted to Gozo General Hospital on Friday morning but was not flown over to Mater Dei Hospital before 4.30pm.

Minister Chris Fearne told Newsbook.com.mt that he has asked the administration of the private hospital to furnish him with an explanation and has also discussed the issue with the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary in order for the inquiry to be opened.

The Minister also said it is premature to provide further details about the inquest.

Meanwhile, health care professionals from Mater Dei Hospital told Newsbook.com.mt the patient was critically ill and that is why the doctors ordered the urgent transfer to Malta.

Since the air ambulance was not working, the patient was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) in Gozo until it was operative once again.

Newsbook.com.mt tried to contact the administration of the private hospital in Gozo on various occasions. A spokesperson from Steward Healthcare replied early on Monday that the health professionals had recommended for the patient to stay at the Gozo General Hospital because of his unstable health.

She also confirmed the diagnosis as the one published by Chris Said on Facebook and that the patient was admitted to the hospital in Gozo at 10.02am and flown to Mater Dei at 4.30pm.

On Friday, Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, Nadine Delicata of Steward Healthcare and Joseph Fenech CEO at Gozo General Hospital had published photos showing the air ambulance working after 5.00pm.