Emergency service

Adrian Delia’s political naivete is mind-boggling. I am not sure if certain statements he makes are his own creation or whether they are fed to him by someone who wants the leader of the Opposition to keep making a fool of himself, thus making it easier to get rid of him in the foreseeable future, which could be after the 2019 European and local council elections.

Speaking in Parliament on the Vitals Global Healthcare contract, Delia said the government was paying €2,600 per day for the Gozo-Malta helicopter service, even on days when the helicopter service – which is intended for use to bring over to Malta Gozitan patients in an emergency in the shortest time possible – is not made use of.

So, I assume, Delia, as prime minister, would only be ready to pay for the days when the service is used, as if the company does not have to pay the pilots, technicians etc. even when the helicopter is not in service. Which company would be ready to accept what Delia would want?

Let me give Delia a very simple example, perhaps he would understand what a silly argument he has made.

Each one of us who own and drive a car pay an annual insurance to ensure that if, God forbid, we have an accident, the insurance will cover the costs. But we all hope we may never need to resort to our insurance. Let us say that the cost of the insurance is €365 a year. That means that if we do not have a car accident throughout the year, or over five years, we would have paid €1 a day, €365 a year, or €1,825 over five years, and got nothing in return, as Delia has argued.

Just as we, car owners, get peace of mind by paying car insurance in case we have a car accident, likewise, Gozitans are having peace of mind in case they may need urgent transfer to Mater Dei Hospital, thanks to a government that is ready to pay for an air ambulance to be always available because accidents and illness can happen at any time.


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