The Minister

Mr Chris Fearne, MD, FRCS(Ed), MP
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Funds, Equality, Reforms and Social Dialogue

Hon. Chris Fearne is the Deputy Prime Minister of Malta and the Minister for European Funds, Equality, Reforms and Social Dialogue. Between 2016 and 2024 he was Minister for Health in 3 consecutive legislatures. DPM Fearne is Vice-Chair of the Quadripartite One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. In May 2023 he was elected President of the 76th World Health Assembly.

Chris Fearne has been a Member of Parliament for the ruling Labour Party since 2013. He is the Leader of the House and Chairs the National Audit Office Parliamentary Committee. Prior to becoming Leader of the House, he was Chairman of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee.

Before entering the political arena, DPM Fearne worked as a doctor and surgeon for over 30 years during which time he held the position of Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Clinical Chairman for Surgery at Mater Dei Hospital. He received his formal education at the University of Malta graduating in Medicine and Surgery in 1987, becoming a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He worked and studied in a number of children’s hospitals in England, including Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He also lectured students of medicine at the University of Malta.

DPM Fearne is married to Astrid, also a doctor focusing on paediatric primary care. They have 3 children, Dawn, Julian and Rafael and 2 grandsons.

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