Malta Hospital Concessions To Be Sold To American Private Operator

21st December 2017

Steward Health Care, the new owner, describes itself on its website as the largest private hospital operator in the United States, employing some 37,000 professionals in 36 different hospitals.

An American hospital company is set to buy the 30-year concession from Vitals Healthcare for the operation of three of Malta’s hospitals –St Luke's, Karin Grech and Gozo.

Steward Health Care, the new owner, describes itself on its website as the largest private hospital operator in the United States, employing some 37,000 professionals in 36 different hospitals.

"The government is pleased with the fact that the agreement will strengthen the ongoing work even further, which will continue to deliver free and world-class healthcare facilities in Malta," a statement said.

Steward Health Care have reportedly assured Government that the projects started by Vitals Global Healthcare will all be delivered as stipulated by the original contracts.

“The agreement between Vitals Global Healthcare and Steward Health Care guarantees the continuation of work started by the former, in line with the standards the government set out in the PPP agreement. The agreement will be preserved in its entirety,” the statement said.

The Government insisted that Malta’s public healthcare service was and will remain free. “In addition, Steward Health Care is bound, as was VGH, to retain the same conditions of work for all staff.  Furthermore, all agreements with unions will be retained.”

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat described it on Twitter as another vote of confidence in Malta.


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Malta Hospital Concessions To Be Sold To American Private Operator