The death has been announced of former Health Minister Vincent Moraan, who will be remembered for his political contribution to the health sector. Dr Moran served in two legislatures as Minister for Health and Environment between 1976 and 1981. He passed away (date) at the age of 86 at XX (Mater Dei/Karen Grech).
Dr Vincent Moran was a popular family doctor, but will be recalled mostly for his efforts in the health sector as Minister for Health, when he carried out various reforms including the opening of the first health centres and the ITU.
Dr Moran started his political career in 1948, when he joined the Labour Party. He successfully contested seven general elections. In 1976 and 1981 he was entrusted with the Health Ministry by Prime Minister Dom Mintoff.
Interviewed on the TVM programm Bijografiji, Dr Moran had stated that “I was honoured to be Minister for Health with the principles, ideology and electoral programme to provide treatment, health and a health service for everyone… open heart surgery had been started, as well as cranial operations, organ transplants, kidney transplants, as well as plastic surgery.”
These are some past photographs recalling the political life of Dr Moran:
Ambassador Anthony Debono, who had been private secretary to Minister Moran, recalled that Dr Moran’s qualities had stood out, among other occasions, during the doctors’ strike. “With his positive attitude, energy and stamina, and the manner in which we discussed, both in Malta and internationally, we could keep things moving by entering into a number of agreements with foreign countries to bring over doctors. In fact we managed this with some eight countries and were regularly changing doctors; we even brought over world class professors like Professor Fara in plastic surgery.”
Mr Debono added that Minister Moran revolutionised the health service. “Karin Grech hospital was set up, for children and for maternity cases, the Half-Way House at the Mental Hospital, we set up the CCU, and operations which were previously carried out abroad were now being carried out in Malta because we had the equipment. And we also made history for Malta at the UN, because our proposal to set up an Institute for the Aged in Malta was approved in 1982,” Dr Moran’s former private secretary added.
Mr Debono stated that these projects will remain Dr Moran’s living monument.