PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY WITHIN THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE MINSTRY FOR GOZO: Infrastructural works commenced on the Barts Medical School in Gozo following the issue of the Planning Authority’s permit

The Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, said that this is a major investment for Gozo, with Barts establishing a University campus outside of the UK. The project forms an integral part of the new Gozo Hospital and St Luke’s medical campus.

Minister Mizzi noted that designs of this project were also reviewed by Partners Healthcare International and approved by the project’s construction committee. He emphasized that the transition planning will ensure that construction works do not disrupt the ongoing provision of healthcare.

Currently, a process has been initiated with the Planning Authority with regards to the development of the Gozo General Hospital’s main buildings. Vitals Global Healthcare is now waiting for the authorities to publish the terms of reference for the additional environmental studies required.

He noted that through this Public Private Partnership between the Government and Vitals Global Healthcare citizens will benefit from a modern healthcare infrastructure.

Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo, said that this is the greatest investment in Gozo that occurred during this last century thanks to which, Gozo residents will benefit from the highest quality healthcare. This Euros 220 million investment is expected to generate Euros 10 million in the Maltese economy.

Minister Refalo said that this will open a new dimension of medical tourism and thanks to this investment there will be an increase in bed capacity. Minister Refalo reminded that Barts Medical School will attract 60 students per year up to a maximum of 300 on a five year period. He said that this investment will not only upgrade the quality of medical services provided in Gozo but will also generate career opportunities.

He reminded that healthcare in Gozo will remain free for all Maltese and Gozitan residents whilst emphasizing that workers will retain their jobs. He concluded that this administration worked on a holistic plan and believes in Gozo’s potential and reiterated that under this legislature, Gozo made great advancements.

Source: Government of Malta