Ombudsmans Office might legally dispute Government over healthcare contract

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img The Office of the Ombudsman might legally dispute the Government. This after the latter had repeatedly refused to furnish the former with the full details of the contract that passed over three Maltese public hospitals to Vitals Global Healthcare.This information was reported by The Sunday Times who also added that the Office of the Ombudsman through the Commissioner for Health had asked for the contract over three occasions, in 2016, 2017 and 2019.Both the former Health Minister Konrad Mizzi and the current Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne have refused the Office of the Ombudsman from its legal right to access even still secret contracts.The newspaper further details that a spokesperson referred that the Commissioner for Health within the Office of the Ombudsman is considering a legal challenge against the current administration as it believes that its authority is being “undermined”.Vitals Global Healthcare was given the concession to run Karin Grech Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Gozo General Hospital in exchange for €300 million worth of investment in the three health facilities over set timeframes. In exchange the Maltese government had to ‘buy’ the health services from the private enterprise.None of these timeframes have as yet been respected. VGH became insolvent two years after the contract was signed and had to sell its public concession to Stewards Healthcare for an undisclosed sum.The article in the Sunday newspaper also added that the government did at one point made available a corrected document where all the data related to financial obligations and commitments were blackened out. It also reports that the only entity that has a fully copy of the document is the National Audit Office, which had to start a probe to investigate the deal to obtain such.In 2018, The Sunday Times had also revealed that that the Maltese authorities have to pay €188,00 a day to Steward Healthcare for 30 years.Read also: Watch: Steward Health Care Malta claims to be on time with school, despite 2016…Watch: Steward Health Care negotiations done and dusted – PMWatch: Fearne does not reveal contract negotiations with StewardUpdate (1): Court rejects PM’s appeal on VGH contracts caseVitals statistics: €1 sale yielding a profit of millionslast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW West Indies v India

first_imgFor the first time in this tournament, we now have to evaluate a game where one of the sides is basically eliminated, and one of the sides is on the verge of going through. When Carlos Braithwaite holed out to Kane Williamson, the Windies’ chances of making it to the last four essentially evaporated and despite Pakistan’s victory over New Zealand, it looks unlikely that the Windies will make the semi-finals.India, who are now the only unbeaten team in the tournament following yesterday’s defeat for New Zealand, are long odds on against the West Indies to essentially put themselves into the last four with victory.It’s no surprise this is the case. Their top order, made of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, and MS Dhoni, has four players averaging over 60 for the tournament. At the other end, five of their bowlers have an economy rate of five runs or under with Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah having 15 wickets between them so far.Mid tournament injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar means that MS Dhoni has had to turn to Mohammed Shami, who duly rewarded him with a hat-trick to close out a thriller against Afghanistan at the weekend, reminding all and sundry that the Indians have strength in depth, especially when it comes to quick bowling.Against Afghanistan, for the first time his tournament they were locked into a tight battle when spinners came out on top, but they – Shami especially – managed to hold their nerve even when defending a low total.West Indies’ have been notable for some big hitting (are they ever not?) and the swashbuckling celebration of one bowler in particular, but their tournament hasn’t lived upto the sheer expectation that their early trashing of Pakistan offered. That might read hardly, but for a handful of runs either way, they could well be looking at a semi-final.The big hitting of Caros Braithwaite saw them come oh so close to upsetting New Zealand and he’ll have his backers in the Top Batsman, market, although the top of the order might make more of an impact today. Chris Gayle was much more like his old self against New Zealand with 87, although he has blown hot and cold during this tournament and f Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran all ought to be there or thereabouts.The Windies bowling has been their main strength and they will take encouragement from their close defeats to New Zealand and Australia (along with seeing Afghanistan push India so closely). Sheldon Cottrell has become famous for his salutes, but he’s bowling well enough to keep doing them and against New Zealand, he was the star, taking four wickets, two catches and a run out. That was his best bowling performance of the tournament so far and he looks sure to get a full rotation from Jason Holder and if he continues in the same vein then he can lead the charge again.For the Indians, Rohit Sharma makes the most appeal to lead their battling effort. He will have to face some fearsome bowling, but Sharma managed to survive early efforts from the Australian and Pakistani bowling attacks and at this tournament he has scored 122, 57, 140 and 1 in his last four starts. The bowling of Mujeeb Ur Rhaman caught him out early at the weekend but otherwise he has knuckled down superbly and if he can get himself set, the scoring averages say that you will get a good run for your money at 9/4.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Rohit Sharma India Top Run Scorer 1 pt at 9/4 with starsports.betBACK Sheldon Cottrell West Indies Top Wicket Taker 1 pt at 7/2 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 224.79 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post)last_img read more