Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
PN leader Adrian Delia revealed the Procurement Evaluation Report, which saw 3 public hospitals go in the hands of the private company, Vitals Global Healthcare. During a press conference, Adrian Delia said that 3 members sat on the Evaluation and Adjudication Committee one of them was Manuel Castagna partner of Nexia BT, the company which assisted Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri to open their offshore companies in Panama. The Committee was appointed by Projects Malta.
A concession agreement was eventually signed by the Labour government and Vitals during the time that Konrad Mizzi was responsible for the Health Ministry.
A few days ago, in court, engineer James Camenzuli was asked to give his testimony. Camenzuli was the Chairman of the Evaluation and Adjudication Committee. Adrian Delia said that in court the Opposition requested Camenzuli to provide the evaluation report which ultimately led the government to give the concession of the 3 hospitals to Vitals Global Healthcare. The only document presented in court was the Procurement Evaluation Report. The report was concluded in June 2015.
A copy of this report was handed to the journalists present at the press conference held at PN headquarters.
In the press conference addressed this afternoon, PN leader Adrian Delia reiterated how the concession of Karin Grech Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital and Gozo General Hospital, was given to Vitals Global Healthcare, a company who had no experience in the health sector.
The Opposition Leader Adrian Delia had filed a court case against Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the Attorney General, Vitals Global Health Care and Malta Industrial Parks calling for the three privatised hospitals agreement to be declared null and therefore the 3 hospitals will be given back to the Maltese public.
During these past six years, the Maltese government gave over €300 million to Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) and then to Steward Health Care who were given the concession of 3 public hospitals. Between VGH and Steward Healthcare there was a sale agreement which was kept secret and which resulted in the concession of the 3 public hospitals for 99 years, sold for €1.
During the press conference, PN leader Adrian Delia appealed to Prime Minister Robert Abela that political responsibility must be assumed by the Ministers who were involved in this agreement referring to Edward Scicluna, Minister for Finance, ex-Minister Konrad Mizzi, ex-Economy Minister Chris Cardona and also Minister for Health Chris Fearne even though he defends himself by saying it was an agreement signed when he was not Minister yet.
Decisions to be taken ‘in best national interest’
The government did not specifically address any claims made by Delia in its reaction, simply stating in a press release that as he had said a few days ago, Prime Minister Robert Abela would act “in the best national interest.”
It said that upgrading facilities at St Luke’s Hospital, Karin Grech Hospital and the Gozo General Hospital was a priority, particularly since “these had been abandoned” until 2013.
It added that in contrast to Delia, who “keeps hosting negative press conferences asking for investigations on everything but himself,” the government was committed to take all necessary decisions – even difficult ones, in favour of the Maltese people.
Nexia BT partner denies any wrongdoing
In reaction to the press conference, the Nexia BT partner forming part of the Evaluation and Adjudication Committee has denied having unduly influenced the evaluation process in any way.
“The remit of the evaluation committee was strictly to review the presented bids, including financial projections as presented by the bidders,” Manuel Castagna said in a statement to the press.
He said that two bids were noncompliant with the request for proposal and could not be evaluated, and that the decision to recommend the preferred bidder was taken unanimously by all members of the evaluation committee.
“The evaluation committee was not tasked with monitoring the ongoing performance of the preferred bidder and neither had the committee any oversight responsibilities, including adherence of the bidder to the presented financial projections. Any attempt at implying otherwise is simply unfounded and incorrect,” Castagna insisted.
He added that he awaited the conclusion of the Court’s investigation on the matter, and that he remained available to cooperate with the authorities as and when required.