On tonight’s Reporter: the Dalli report on Mater Dei Hospital

MediaToday Managing Editor Saviour Balzan will investigate allegations of theft within the hospital

Medical Association of Malta General Secretary Martin Balzan and former European health commissioner John Dalli
Medical Association of Malta General Secretary Martin Balzan and former European health commissioner John Dalli

In light of the political furore surrounding John Dalli's report on Mater Dei, tonight’s edition of Reporter will scrutinise the report together with former European health commissioner John Dalli and Medical Association of Malta General Secretary Martin Balzan.

Reporter, a ‘hard talk' style programme, will include numerous live telephone interventions from various stakeholders including Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia and PN Health spokesperson Claudio Grech.

In his report, ‘Mater Dei Hospital: A Better Social Return', John Dalli has insisted that the only way forward for the hospital is its political autonomy and for its administration to be left in the hands of the management rather than under political influence.

The report uncovered numerous accounting discrepancies and found that the primary problem was an inexistent management with all departments and stakeholders working on their own, disjointed from others.

However, the government has since distanced itself from the report and stressed that Dalli does not reflect the government's opinion. Reporter will ask whether the government is ready to accept Dalli's advice to remove political influence from the hospital's administration. MediaToday Managing Editor Saviour Balzan will also examine Dalli's allegations that there have been thefts in the hospital.

The programme is produced and presented by Saviour Balzan, assisted by journalist Jerome Caruana Cilia and the MediaToday newsroom.

Reporter is aired live every Monday at 6.55pm on TVM. The programme is repeated on TVM2 on Monday at 10.15pm.

 

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The workers who keep the show running, nurses, paramedics etc are singled out, the focus was primarily on waste, unions and shifts . The other abusers of the system , the real offenders were not addressed directly were they? Did you find a reference to the medical elites? Of course not. The MaM is very happy with the status quo ask any of the bright young sparks with research at heart who have lost all hope of gaining any post at MDH. MaM is very happy to encourage the brain drain. Why doesnt this report also look at the non existence of protocols, a shameful state of affairs. try any department for a start why dont you. This is more of the same and neither this report nor the present minister will do anything about the crux of the problem, it will simply maintain the status quo subsidising medical elites with tax payers money.No value added there. of course not all consultants deserve to be tarred by the same brush but some are more equal than others. I agree that a bi-partisan approach to Health Care should be adopted because we cannot keep subsidising a class of untouchables.
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@gpp, it does not. But by far the most pressing and long neglected issues are those that deal with what economists term "Labour capital", and which personally I term "Labour vociferous greed".
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Salv, make sure you empty all knives from the kitchen drawers. This should be hot! OH! Syringes as well, Salv!
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Fine but I sincerely hope that you will ask the million euro question. Why does the report focus on union issues and shifts mostly? It seems that no one is willing to bell the cat John Dalli and much less likely the Minister for Health. Consultants wont be put to account and work the afternoon shifts so plus ca change plus la meme chose. Why is it that tax payers money shores up a class of untouchables?
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Sur Balzan ghada staqsi lil Dr Balzan, (nispera li ma jigix minnek), kif il-maggoranza tal-konsulenti kollegi tieghu li jahdmu Mater Dei, iqisu lilhom infushom allat. Jaraw lil pazjent dubbien. Jistghu jaraw id-differenza kif jimxu mal-pazjent fil-klinici privati. Min kellu bzonn konsulenti fi sptarijiet barra minn Malta, kulhadd jghid kemm jimxu differenti mal-pazjenti. Xorta jezistu dawk il-ftit li tant juru simpatija, u nghidu grazzi mill-qalb lil dawn.
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who is running Mater Dei – Dalli or the minister..... or maybe the DOCTOR'S UNION and the NURSE'S UNION want to continue to run the show @ the PATIENTS' cost , and our cost as well ! The DOCTOR'S Union want to run the show, the Nurse's UNION wants to run the show Who will speak out for the patients , for the consumers, for the tax-payer who continues to hope to get full value for taxes paid! And what a GETAWAY Simon Busuttil and ex-health Minister Joe Cassar made to Australia just on the eve when the report was to be issued ! Went quite a bit away to dodge the local journalists ;)