Updated: Mental Health law already enacted - Mario Galea
A PL government will include screening for Osteoporosis in the same sessions held in relation with breast cancer screening as aprt of the national screening campaign, PL leader Joseph Muscat pledged this morning.
Speaking outside the Rahal Gdid Health Centre, Joseph Muscat held that patients with a high risk of cancer ailments will be given priority and not made to follow waiting lists. This will rtesult in diagnoses being carried out imemdiately in order to administer treatments in a shorter time.
Whilst showing his appreciation to all those who work in the sector, Joseph Muscat continued that a PL government will also adress the fight against diabetes and mental health, including the enactment of a new Bill that will be tailored for the needs of patients who are mentally ill.
After being overlooked by the PN led legislation, €8 million will be invested in health centres across the island which will result in less ques at Mater Dei Hospital as people will seek medical recourse in their localities ratehr than rushing to the general hospital.
The elderly who are over 70 years will have their medicines delivered to their door step, the PL leader concluded, and the same will apply to disable people and those with mobility issues.
A law regarding Mental Health was enacted through a unanimous vote by both Parties last December, Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly and Community Care Mario Galea announced.
Mario Galea explained that in June, 2012, a draft of the law was published on the Government Gazzette, which was followed by a discussion on the topic last November. On December 3, 2012, the law was approved by Parliament and was published in the Government Gazzette on December 7.
The Ministry for Health also held that the service regarding medicines being delivered to the doors of the elderly already exists under the Homehelp project. This project allows carers to help the elderly in their homes and undertake errands including the gathering of medicines.