Watch: Government to work with NGOs to improve mental health

Health Minister Chris Fearne in comments he gave to Newsbook.com.mt said that in the coming days an expression of interest will be issued in order for the government to contract services from non-governmental organisations to provide services in the mental health sector in the community.

Fearne said that the government would buy services from the NGOs that are willing to provide mental health services within the community.

The Health Minister was reacting to the report published by the National Audit Office which was published a few days ago. Fearne said that the Government welcomed the report as it confirms what the Government has been working on.

Fearne also said that the area within in Mater Dei Hospital has been identified and that the discussions are currently underway with the Lands Department so that a new acute patient facility may be built. This facility will be equipped with a total of 100 beds.

The Health Minister also referred to the Government’s refurbishment plan for Mount Carmel Hospital which he described as “aggressive”. He said that the hospital should be made completely safe for both patients and staff alike. He cited “legacy problems” in relation to Mount Carmel and that they plan to complete the work within five years.

Fearne described the refurbishment plan for Mount Carmel Hospital as “aggressive” which would see the works finish in five years. He said that the Hospital should be made completely safe for both patients and staff alike. He cited “legacy problems”. The structural refurbishment at Mount Carmel is estimated at €30 million.

The government will be implementing a mental health strategy plan as of 2020.