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ERDF 314: Development in Screening and Radiological Modalities in Health

Project Cost: €4,296,953
Beneficiary: Ministry for Energy and Health
Line Ministry: Ministry for Energy and Health
Start Date: 2013
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This Project is an investment in modern and technologically advanced equipment leading to a better quality of life for citizens through improved screening facilities in the public healthcare system. Improved screening facilities allows early diagnosis, permitting prompt intervention, where and as necessary, with more effective results and a better lifestyle for citizens.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Priority Axis: PA6 Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA6 Education, Social and Health-related Infrastructure

Project Objectives

What the Project Is Intended to AchieveThe overall objective of this Project is to provide citizens with a better quality of life by improving health services through the enhancement of early intervention, preventive and screening measures. Added ValueWith this health related infrastructural investment service users will benefit in the long term because timely diagnoses of ailments will prevent their future need for hospitalization and acute interventions. Society at large will also benefit from this investment. This is because, through further prevention and early intervention, health will be added to life by increasing years lived free from ill health, reducing or minimizing the adverse effects of illness and disability, healthy lifestyles will be promoted and the quality of life will be improved overall.Current service provisions at Mater Dei Hospital and at Primary Health Care, in relation to medical imaging services, ultrasonography (for both general, gynaecological and obstetrics), vascular applications, prevention of retinopathy in diabetics, large and small bowel diagnoses will make giant leaps through this application, whilst other new services like assessing patients for retinopathy and vascular issues at Health Centres will be introduced, potentially reducing the need for extended hospitalisation and waiting lists at Mater Dei Hospital. Through this Project, Government is expected to incur lower costs in acute interventions whilst meeting the needs of the service users and society at large.This Project is based on the accessibility of care, implementing the fairness and solidarity principles, taking into account the needs and difficulties of the most disadvantaged groups and individuals, as well as those requiring costly, long-term care.The delivery of a better quality of life is another important focus of this Project. Added pressures and different demands on Malta’s health care systems, from ongoing demographic and socio-cultural changes, need to be met and therefore Government is committed to promote and advance the quality and excellence of Malta’s health care services including through the introduction and, or improvement of existing technological modalities. Furthermore, with the enhancement of early screening and prevention programmes, life expectancy and the quality thereof is expected to be ameliorated.Sustainability is another focus of this Project. Despite soaring costs and demand, Government remains committed to preserving the solidarity-based model of universal access to care. Waiting times, a long-standing problem in health care, have an adverse impact on the health and quality of life of patients as well as on their overall satisfaction with the health system. Government remains determined to enhance existing systems/programmes and introduce new services to address this challenge. This Project is another milestone towards meeting sustainability requirements.

Project Results

Various results pertaining to the number of patients screened, for example, 100% increase in patients screened with the installation of the Doppler Ultrasound Machines in a 12-month period after commencing operation. Also, 50% increase in patients screened with the installation of the Direct Digital Mammography Unit in a 12-month period after commencing operation.