Christopher Fearne was appointed Minister for Health in April 2016 after holding the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Health since April 2014. He is also Deputy Prime Minister since July 2017. Prior to this, Fearne worked as a consultant paediatric surgeon and clinical chairman at Mater Dei Hospital. He is a Member of Parliament for the ruling Labour Party and was the chairman of the foreign and european affairs committee at the Maltese House of Representatives. Fearne has worked as a doctor and surgeon for over 29 years. He worked and studied in a number of children’s hospitals in England, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He also lectures students of medicine at the University of Malta. He received his formal education at St. Aloysius College and at the University of Malta graduating in Medicine and Surgery in 1987, becoming a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Fearne was a founding director of the Malta Institute for Medical Education and the chairperson of Celebrities for Kids, a voluntary NGO promoting children’s rights.