Minister Chris Fearne: Three year plan which will see health centres in every locality
Since the Kirkop Health Centre opened a year ago, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne said that 200,000 patients have used the services of this centre in the last twelve months.
In a news conference, Dr Fearne said the government was committed to opening up health centres for primary care to be prioritised.
“We have a very ambitious plan so that over the span of three years we will have health centres in every town and village in Malta and Gozo.”
Minister Fearne said that every government had invested in healthcare, but said that this government attached great importance to community care.
“We believe that what we offer in our hospitals should be based on what we can offer in the community so we are working toward providing the same outpatient services in the community that we provide in hospitals.”
Minister Fearne said that the Foundation for Medical Services and the Primary Health Care Department were working on several projects including construction of a new health centre in Victoria, Gozo.
Dr Fearne said that in the coming days a call for the expression of interest would be issued for the building of a regional health centre in the North of Malta, while works were currently underway on the first regional health centre in Paola to meet the medical needs of residents in the south of Malta.
Minister Fearne said that in October a new health centre would be opened in Zabbar and refurbishment works completed on the health centre in Zejtun. He said that by mid next year health centres would open in Marsaxlokk, Vittoriosa and Valletta, while refurbishment works would be carried out in the Auberges of Santa Lucija, Hal-Ghaxaq and Hal-Tarxien. He went on to add that the Ministry will be looking for premises to open centres in Hamrun and Kalkara.