Fearne’s canvasser on a €163,000 salary ordered to make her contract available

FMS and its chief Carmen Ciantar defying the law by refusing to publish her agreement

 

Foundation for Medical Services CEO Carmen Ciantar has been issued an enforcement notice by the Data Protection Commissioner ordering her to make her new contract, which she was given by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne after the last elections, available.

The enforcement order was deemed necessary after the FMS failed to meet its commitment made several weeks ago to make her contract available to The Shift.

Despite several reminders, Ciantar, who was put in the position by Fearne as a person of trust without a public call, resisted the order.

The FMS was also ordered to send copies of all contracts related to the engagements of Mater Dei CEO Celia Falzon and its Head of Pharmacy, Stephen Falzon. As in Ciantar’s case, the FMS has also so far failed to make their contracts available, and an enforcement notice was issued for them to be published as well.

According to public declarations made by Prime Minister Robert Abela last January, Ciantar’s scandalous contract, which saw his deputy Prime Minister’s chief canvasser receiving some €13,500 a month, was to be revised downwards after last March’s election.

Dubbed as “irregular” by the National Audit Office, Abela had blamed the contract on his predecessor, disgraced Prime Minster Joseph Muscat, and his Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne.

“I did not go into detail but saw what the NAO said, and I have the Deputy Prime Minister’s word that Ciantar’s contract will be reviewed once it expires,” Abela had told the press at the time.

As with all those employed by the government on a position of trust basis, Ciantar’s “irregular” five-year contract came to a sudden end with the last general elections. According to the law, a new contract was to be entered into after the election with the promised downward revisions dictated by the Prime Minister.

But while Ciantar was re-engaged by Fearne as the FMS CEO after the elections, she is now refusing to reveal her new contract.

Sources at the Health Ministry told The Shift that while relations between Ciantar and Fearne are not as strong as they had been in the past, since she is considered by Fearne’s team as the main reason behind his failure to have defeated Abela in the 2020 Labour Party leadership race, Ciantar still commands an influence over her boss.

The same sources said that since Fearne may now be on his way out in a possible kick upstairs to Brussels to the European Commission, Ciantar is said to be busy cultivating a new alliance with Minister Jo Etienne Abela, who has been earmarked to fill Fearne’s shoes at the health ministry.

It is unclear whether Fearne paid heed to Abela’s orders and downward revised Ciantar’s contract. Carmen Ciantar has been given until the end of the month to make her new contract available.

                           
                           
                               
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carlos
1 month ago

vilta’
u l-haddiem li veru jahdem jixraqlu biss ftit cekcik biex nehdulu l-vot. HALLELIN ta flus il-haddiem onest. Muvument korrott mill-A saz-Z.
Isthi fearne, daqshekk ghandekrispett ghall-haddiema?

Aldo Busuttil
Aldo Busuttil
1 month ago
Reply to  carlos
Il-problema hija li l-haddiem jikkuntenta bil-laqx u jaghlaq ghajnejh ghal dawn l-hnizrijiet... Tisnhiex li l-haddiem huwa dak li jivvota, il-haddiem huwa dak li jaghmel l-ghazla, il-haddiem huwa dak li jcapcap, il-haddiem huwa dak li jaghlaq ghajnejh meta jigi l-waqt.... Il-haddiem huwa dak li jahgmel snin igerger u jikkummenta u huwa dak li jinsa meta jigi biex jaghzel...
J.S
J.S
1 month ago

And while we are at it the gov has to show the tax payers the contracts given to ex Air Malta employees.

KLAUS
KLAUS
1 month ago

This is nothing more than theft from laborers.

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
1 month ago

What an array of bogan actors in the film ‘the Castille crooks and their rent seekers’, directed by Ix-Xieh, co-directed by Rob Tuba and filmed live in the Cabinet studios.

Out of Curiosity
Out of Curiosity
1 month ago

Labour has lost the plot completely. Power is now in the hands of supporters and opportunists who have no shame to rob people’s money. It will be too late when things will change since I am not seeing a chance for the PN to gain power. And after that I am also not sure that the Nationalists will be of good example, because the major concern out of all this is that others will say, ‘now it is our time to make hay while the sun shines’.

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

If you can’t beat them join them goes the old saying

Mick
Mick
1 month ago

Don’t hold your breath, she’s up to her waist in the trough and won’t give anything away. The term leech comes to mind.

Bamboccu
Bamboccu
1 month ago

jista’ xi hadd jghidilna kemm il diploma masters u dottorat ghanda din Ciantar?
X’ghanda specjali din il persuna aktar minn haddiehor?
Mela haddiem tal Gvern l ebda’ scale ma jiehu jghaddi kemm jghaddi zmien jibqa’ stagnat waqt li ghal nies bhal Ciantar money no problem!

carlos
1 month ago
Reply to  Bamboccu

Diploma ta’ TROLL – mill-muvument korrott f’mafiamalta.

Gaetano Pace
Gaetano Pace
1 month ago

Appreciated.

jas
jas
1 month ago

Ask Minister Clyde Caruana he is the person responsible for approving the funds to pay these salaries.

Last edited 1 month ago by jas
Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

Ara ma tisthix Dottore Fearne. KIF MA TISTHIX TIDHRU QUDDIEM NIES BARRANIN. ILLUM ID-DINJA GIET PAJJIZ WIEHED BL’INFORNATIKA. Imbaghad dak il-halliel tal-maltin Konrad beda jghajjar lill kap SIMON Buzutill. ISTHI ISTHI ISTHI. VERA NIES PSATAS KOMUNISTI. ABORIGINI VIA ABORTION. TIXTRU IN-NIES BIEX TIBQGHU FIL-POTER.

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