Death – Cardiologist and former PN MP Albert Fenech passes away

Death – Obituary

Cardiologist and former Nationalist MP Albert Fenech has passed away aged 70.
Fenech was one of Malta’s most renowned surgeons.

According to Times of Malta, Fenech is believed to have died of natural causes. He was found dead at his home.

Fenech, who lived abroad for over twenty years, served as a PN MP between 2013 and 2016.

He had helped establish Malta’s cardiology deparment in 1995 and worked at Mater Dei Hospital until 2015, when he was told that there were too many consultants and that room had to be made for the young.

He resigned from Parliament in 2016, telling then PN Leader Simon Busuttil that since his avenues in private practice in Malta were limited, he had started to seek employment in the UK.

He had also cited the apparent conflict of interest created by the position he had been offered by Vitals Global Healthcare, given the stance the party had taken against the hospitals privatisation deal.  

In a recent interview with The Shift News, Fenech said he had been offered to set up VGH’s cardiac unit in Gozo but the project never materialised. The plan, he said, was “another white elephant.”

Fenech also said he had “absolutely” changed his mind about the deal which he had previously defended, adding that the hospitals deal had “bamboozled” people.

The PN offered its condolences to the Fenech family, saying that his loss was a loss for the whole of Malta.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.