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Vitals denies Busuttil's suggestions its officials hold Pilatus Bank accounts

Simon Busuttil had called on the media to investigate whether any of Vitals owners and management hold accounts at Pilatus Bank 

tim_diacono
Tim Diacono
28 May 2017, 9:52am
The offices of Pilatus Bank in Ta' Xbiex (Stock photo)
The offices of Pilatus Bank in Ta' Xbiex (Stock photo)
Vitals Global Healthcare has flat-out denied PN leader Simon Busuttil’s suggestion that any off its owners have a bank account with Pilatus Bank.

In a brief statement, it said that no VGH owners, directors or management members have, or ever had, bank account with Pilatus Bank.

Busuttil on Saturday urged journalists to investigate whether VGH – the investors behind the privatization of the St Luke’s, Karen Grech and Gozo hospitals – hold an account at Pilatus Bank.

“Isn’t it strange that in 2014 Joseph Muscat replaced Godfrey as health minister by none other than Konrad Mizzi, who then went on to oversee the privatisation of the Gozo hospital and two other hospitals to Vitals Global Healthcare?” he asked.

“In a debate with Muscat on Xarabank last night I asked him, in fact, if by any chance Vitals Global Healthcare too held an account at Pilatus Bank, and everyone could see how the prime minister reacted to my question.”

Busuttil said it would be too much of a coincidence if VGH too held accounts at the bank at the centre of allegations of kickback and money laundering made against the prime minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri. He encouraged journalists to continue to investigate this possibility.