Doctors, nurses suspend industrial action after talks with Fearne

Updated 06:56 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Following discussions held with Health Minister Chris Fearne, the Medical Association of Malta and the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses have both announced that they are suspending the industrial actions they had planned in protest at the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two unions both confirmed that an agreement in principle had been reached to address pending issues. The MAM specifically highlighted issues related to the dangers of mass events, and how a new surge in Covid-19 cases is to be tackled to avoid unnecessary risks to medical professionals and the general public alike.

This agreement builds on past successes but takes in consideration lessons learnt in the past two weeks, the MAM said.

The draft text does require ratification, however, and with this in mind, another meeting will take place on Tuesday afternoon to iron out any possible details.

Consequently, the two unions are suspending the start of the directives to Wednesday, 5 August as a gesture of goodwill.

“However, while confident that there is a good basis for agreement, it considers the Tuesday meeting as a make or break situation,” the MAM warned. The MUMN said that it would be keeping its members updated accordingly.