Watch: Challenging hospitals concession deal for better pensions – Delia

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Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia highlighted that by legal challenging the hospitals concession deal, if the court finds the contract to be null and void, the money saved on the concession would be used on increasing pensions.

Delia was speaking during a radio interview hosted by Balzan deputy mayor Angelo Micallef on the party’s media on Saturday.

The embattled leader is currently campaigning among party members ahead of the leadership race. He will face lawyer Bernard Grech in a one-on-one leadership race.

In the next court sitting, more witnesses will be summoned to testify about the concession deal which saw three state hospital be handed over to VGH – a completely unknown healthcare company then registered in the British Virgin Islands – before it was sold off to the American giant Steward Health Care. Speaking during the interview, Delia said that the government should be ashamed of this theft by deception.

Delia referred to the testimony given by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna during the public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination. He stressed that people are suffering as a result of the deal, adding that he hoped that no one tries to hinder him from his ultimate aim, that of bringing the three hospitals back under public ownership. He accused outgoing Attorney General Peter Grech of ‘harboring thieves and dirty politicians’.

The Nationalist leader said that before the interview he was doing some house visits, and one of the individuals he met this morning, spoke to him about pensions and how the elderly are struggling to make ends meet. Delia noted that once the government takes control of the three state hospitals it could use the funds made available for the concession to improve pensions.