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Shadow Health Minister Gives Terse Response As He Faces Inquiry Over False Medical Certificates

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Shadow Health Minister Stephen Spiteri (centre) is facing a public inquiry by the Medical Council

Shadow Health Minister Stephen Spiteri has refused to comment ahead of a formal inquiry by the Medical Council over his alleged practice of dishing out medical certificates to patients he hasn’t examined.

“I have nothing to say to you,” Spiteri curtly responded when contacted by Lovin Malta. “I am a medical practitioner and I will follow what the Medical Council says. Follow the inquiry if you want to find out what I have to say for myself.”

A public hearing has been set for October 15th and could result in Spiteri being struck off the medical register.

Last November, Lovin Malta published a damning telephone recording with Spiteri’s receptionist, who revealed details of his medical certificates racket. Anybody wanting a medical certificate was permitted to leave their details and a €5 note at a Kalkara pharmacy and pick up a signed certificate later on in the day, despite not having been examined by Spiteri.

“After receiving the information in relation to Dr Spiteri the Medical Council Malta has initiated its preliminary examination of the matter under review and has subsequently referred the matter for the necessary proceedings according to law,” the Medical Council told Lovin Malta.

The Nationalist Party has so far refused to take action against Spiteri, but pressure will increase now that he faces censure by the Medical Council. Lovin Malta has reached out to PN leader Adrian Delia for comment, but he has not responded as of the time of writing.

READ NEXT: 9 Reasons You Should Be Pissed Off About Stephen Spiteri’s Dodgy Certificates

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