Watch: Delia insists Scicluna, Muscat should face consequences over Vitals deal

Updated 08:15 PM
Il-kuntratt tal-Vitals huwa ivvizjat. Hemm bżonn azzjoni immedjata minn Robert Abela u mill-Kummissarju tal-Pulizija.

Il-kuntratt tal-Vitals huwa ivvizjat. Hemm bżonn azzjoni immedjata minn Robert Abela u mill-Kummissarju tal-Pulizija. 🇲🇹

Posted by Adrian Delia on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Finance Minister Edward Scicluna and former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat needed to shoulder political responsibility in the wake of a National Audit Office report which savaged the way Vitals was given a concession on three public hospitals, Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia said.

In a statement which aired on PN media, Delia also insisted that the police should immediately launch investigations into the Auditor General’s findings.

But he argued that above all, the public was interested in what Prime Minister Robert Abela would do in response, insisting that the government should immediately terminate the concession, which has since been transferred to Steward Health Care.

“Will Robert Abela decide in favour of our country, or in favour of criminals,” the PN leader asked.

Delia went through the main findings of the NAO’s report, noting that his party has long argued that the process leading to the Vitals deal had been compromised from the outset.

He highlighted that Vitals had advance knowledge of the call for proposals, and that a due diligence exercise carried out was superficial at best. Vitals’ ultimate beneficial owners remain a mystery, with the company having been registered in the secretive jurisdiction of the British Virgin Islands.

The PN leader pointed out that Abela has known about the details of the deal at least for six months, if not longer, and questioned his inaction.

“Every day that passes costs you €250,000,” he observed.

Earlier in the day, Delia had also brought the matter up in Parliament, shortly after the report had been tabled.

As he frequently does when a political controversy arises, Delia chose to intervene during the time reserved for ministerial statements, arguing that it vindicated the claims he and his party have long made on the controversial deal.

As Delia continued making his case, Speaker Anġlu Farrugia highlighted that this was not the time for him to make a statement, prompting him to ask whether any ministerial statement would be made. Predictably, none was forthcoming, with government whip Glenn Bedingfield noting that the report had just been presented, and that the government needed to assess its findings.