A source within the Malta Medicines Authority has indicated a series of politically motivated appointments, including the son of Health Minister Chris Fearne, Julian Fearne, and the daughter of former Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Agius Decelis, Danika Camilleri Agius Decelis.
The source, who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, described how both Julian Fearne and Danika Camilleri Agius Decelis were hired as senior pharmacists, despite the availability of more experienced employees.
The source contacted The Shift after the news portal published a story in which Annalize Attard, a senior employee in the licensing department of the Malta Medicines Authority and the partner of the Deputy High Commissioner for UK and Mayor of Mtarfa Daniel Attard, has been awarded special concessions. to maintain her position in authority while working remotely from London.
“We didn’t even know where she went, we found out about her leaving your website,” the source explained when he contacted this news portal.
In addition to being given senior posts upon entry, both Fearne and Agius Decelis were also alleged to have had quick promotions. Agius Decelis has become head of the internal audit department of quality and continuous improvement, while Fearne was recently appointed head of the medical device office.
The source also pointed out how a recent call for the position of senior chief within the medical device office was largely seen by frustrated employees as a call that was kept internal specifically to ensure that Fearne gets it.
Documented evidence that saw The Shift confirms that the call was only issued internally, with the source saying that although the email says all interested employees can apply, there were specific employees who were completely rejected when they applied for other similar vacancies. in the past, while being told that the position was reserved for someone else.
“He has no relevant experience for the role, has been there for a short time and appears to be relatively young,” the source said. Shift analysis of the source claims indicates that Fearne is 28 years old. In addition to the rapid promotions, the source stated that in the last five years, there has been a concerted effort to centralize certain departments to fall directly under the mandate and control of the authority’s chairperson, Anthony Serracino Inglott .
While specific bodies such as the licensing, post-licensing and enforcement directorates of the authority have existed since its inception, the source explained that three of the departments under the chairperson’s office, namely the internal quality and continuous improvement audit unit, the medicines and intelligence access unit, and the medical device support office, have all been created in the last five years.
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The Malta Medicines Authority falls under the mandate of the Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Public Cleaning Deo Debattista, with the main task of the authority being to assess the medication and ensure that it complies with the security standards.
According to the source as well as posts on social media that strengthened their demands, several employees were hired due to their closeness to Debattista.
Specific individuals mentioned by the source include Domenique Zammit, one of Debattista’s former canvassers, and Louise Grech, who at one time held the position of chief of staff of Debattista. Another person, Mario Gauci, has been appointed directly to the chair’s office “to help with IT issues” despite the fact that an existing head of IT already exists within the authority structure.
Previous Shift investigations have regularly provided evidence of state-appointed bodies being abused to reward party loyalists with comfortable jobs, multiple directorates on various boards and decision-making bodies, and other forms of employment such as direct orders for questionable services.
An inter-ministerial investigation and a series of questions sent to each ministry on how many people are employed in what roles in the 550 bodies appointed by the state under a total of 21 ministries had been greeted with a wall of silence by each spokesperson. -govern.
The Shift sent questions to Debattista’s official spokesperson about the requests made by the source and on what basis the positions given to each individual cited in the article. The questions were redirected to the Malta Medicines Authority, and have not yet been answered at the time of writing.