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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 19 MARCH 2023 • ISSUE 1220 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY maltatoday GasanZammit Motors Ltd., Triq il-Merghat, Zone 1, Central Business District, Birkirkara CBD 1020 Tel: 27788225 email: | The Volvo XC60 PAGE 4 PAGE 4 Maltese earning less than €20,000 are being replaced by lower-paid, non- EU workers PAGE 3 ADPD's Sandra Gauci says people are 'fed up' of traditional Maltese politics MT2 INTERVIEW Mediocrity Cheaper labour Robert Abela's praise for the work done by Steward Health Care leaves doctors and nurses shocked as they insist the promised new infrastructure never materialised Ridley Scott will return to Malta for sequel featuring Paul Mescal and Denzel Washington PAGE 9 Gladiator STEWED KURT SANSONE ROBERT Abela's praise of Steward Health Care in parliament has left health sector stakeholders shocked with one union boss calling it a "damage control exercise". The Prime Minister used most of his hour-long speech last Thursday to list Steward's achievements in trying to jus- tify the millions spent by government on the hospitals concession. But Abela's spirited defence of Steward on the same day the company announced its withdrawal from Malta raised eye- brows among nurses and doctors. "It was shocking to hear the Prime Min- ister list what he described as Steward's investments and praising them for ser- vices rendered," Malta Union of Mid- wives and Nurses President Paul Pace said. "What we saw was a Prime Minister engaging in a damage control exercise for the Labour Party and not a Prime Minis- ter willing to defend the people." €1.95 KURT SANSONE STEWARD Health Care sought government protection from lia- bilities exceeding €3 million dur- ing discussions to take over the hospitals concession from Vitals Global Healthcare. The detail is found in an email Steward attached to its 100-page appeal from a court judgment that cancelled the hospitals deal. Steward sought government protection from liabilities above €3m even before it took over Steward CEO Armin Ernst

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