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The European Commission has approved a €41.5 million funding for Malta’s new Oncology Centre, currently being built alongside Mater Dei Hospital costing €60m.

The money was allocated through the European Regional Development (ERDF) Fund under the Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life programme.

Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, who visited Malta in October, said: “I am delighted to see that the green light has been given to this excellent facility, which will benefit the lives of so many of Malta’s citizens. Figures show that cancer accounts for some 25 % of deaths in Malta and we must use EU investment to achieve concrete results and move in the right direction.”

The centre, covering an area of 11,200 square metres, will have 74 in-patient beds, including 16 for palliative care and 10 for children and adolescents. It will also have chemotherapy facilities, an outpatients’ area, a Phlebotomy Unit for blood tests, administrative offices, a cafeteria and a plant room.

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