Former secretary of State for health António Lacerda Sales is having difficulty remembering exactly how much he was involved in this matter. Image: Carlos M. Almeida/ Lusa
Former secretary of State for health António Lacerda Sales is having difficulty remembering exactly how much he was involved in this matter. Image: Carlos M. Almeida/ Lusa

Order of Physicians opens ‘disciplinary process’ into ex-secretary of State/ doctors involved in favoritism controversy

The favoritism controversy swirling around President Marcelo – centring on the €4 billion treatment of seriously ill Brazlian twin babies – has resulted today in the Order of Physicians announcing that it too is opening an inquiry, in the form of a disciplinary process. This inquiry will be focused on the actions for former secretary of State Lacerda Sales (who is now not sure he remembers everything) and ‘the other doctors’ involved. Meantime, television commentator Luís Marques Mendes has injected a measure of sanity into the furore saying there were most definitely ‘strings pulled’ to facilitiate the babies’ treatment, but certainly not by President Marcelo. The string- pulling will have all been done by the president’s son, Dr Nuno Rebelo de Sousa (who lives in Brazil) and ‘should have known better’, in Marques Mendes’ opinion.