‘Superficial’ Vitals decision sparks appeal

Times of Malta Times of Malta

The Times of Malta has filed a court appeal over a “superficial” decision by the Data Protection Appeals Tribunal denying access to a memorandum of understanding signed as part of the Vitals Global Healthcare hospital deal. VGH bowed out of the deal last December, selling it to Steward Health Care for an undisclosed amount. The memorandum of understanding laying out the broad terms of the deal was signed between the government and the businessmen behind VGH in October 2014. The signing took place five months before Projects Malta published a request for proposals for parties interested in running three public hospitals. A 30-year, €2-billion concession saw the contents of the three hospitals being sold for €1. No public announcement about the memorandum of understanding was ever made. Its existence was only confirmed thanks to a VGH presentation given to financial institutions that was later leaked to the Times of Malta. In the presentation, VGH said an agreement to take over the Gozo, St Luke’s and Karin Grech hospitals had already been signed. Assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia reported in March 2015 that an agreement with the investors behind VGH had already been...

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