Nationalist Member of European Parliament, Francis Zammit Dimech, deemed the lack of a diabetes nurse at the Gozo General Hospital as a “serious shortcoming”. Zammit Dimech shared an online video in which he spoke of his work at the European Parliament level on diabetes.
Zammit Dimech said that following his own investigation he found that the Government had issued a call for a diabetic nurse for the Gozo General Hospital. According to Zammit Dimech the results were published in August. He then urged to the Government to employ the nurse as soon as possible.
He also urged for the distribution of the continuous glucose monitors to those suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
He also appealed for the set up of the parliamentary committee on diabetes.
The Gozo General Hospital was one of the hospitals which were sold off to Vitals Global Healthcare and later bought off by Steward Healthcare. Recently, the air ambulance provided by Steward Healthcare was not available when required to transfer a patient from Gozo General Hospital to Mater Dei. An inquiry was ordered by the Health Minister Chris Fearne after the patient subsequently died.