A Nationalist MP has complained about people parking in bays reserved for Maltese MPs at Mater Dei Hospital, saying: “It has become impossible to find a vacant parking spot”.
Mario Galea brought the issue up in a parliamentary question, where he also called for security to be added to stop people like hospital consultants from taking up the specific bays.
MPs are allotted four parking bays in the Mater Dei parking lot, a parking lot notorious for consistently being packed.
“Can the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health kindly ask the hospital administration to ensure that the parking bays reserved for MPs are not used by other people, including consultants, because it has become impossible to find a vacant parking spot allocated for MPs?” Galea asked in a question in parliament.
He also wondered why no specific security personnel were charged with protecting the bays from other non-MPs.
Pictured above: Mario Galea
His comments were seen as out-of-touch with the reality that many people face when trying to park at Mater Dei Hospital
Reacting to the story, one person said: “Do the MPs really imagine themselves more deserving of a hospital parking place than consultants and others employed to save and improve people’s lives at that hospital? Seriously? The arrogance of our supposed representatives and their brazen expressions of entitlement amaze and appall me in equal measure.”
Other people were a bit more succinct in their comments.
One person pointed out that: “The bus service to Mater Dei is excellent, Mario Galea should try it out!”, while another simply asked: “Mario Galea, int mhux biex taqdi l-poplu qiegħed, jew biex tkun preferut?” (Mario Galea, are you here to serve the people or to gain preferential treatment?)