Gozo’s ambulance drivers still operating out of containers; to move out in “upcoming weeks”

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Ambulance drivers working within the Emergency Department at the Gozo General Hospital (GGH) are still operating out of containers found outside the hospital in Victoria, Gozo. They are meant to move out in “the upcoming weeks”.

This was confirmed by a spokesperson for Steward Health Care, the hospital’s management. This has been ongoing since March 2017, when Vitals Global Healthcare made this arrangement in order to build Barts Medical School.

The spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that the project for a permanent space has no date as of yet, and that it is planned to form part of the new hospital building. He went on to say that there have been discussions with workers’ unions for the drivers to move out in the upcoming weeks, following the completion of the refurbishment within the Emergency Department.

“Workers have been contacting Fearne since August”

Last week, Gozitan lawyer Alex Borg published a number of photos of the space from which the ambulance drivers are working, saying that the ambulance drivers have been attempting to contact the Minister for Health Chris Fearne since August. This is because 12 drivers are being cooped up in a small container.

However, he said, no action has been taken.

He explained that the first photo is a garage for ambulances, while the second photo is a container that acts as a room to hold 10 to 12 drivers.

Din hija s-sitwazzjoni degradanti li qed jaħdmu fiha ix-xufiera tal-ambulanzi ġewwa l-Isptar Ġenerali t’Għawdex….

Posted by Alex Borg on Saturday, October 31, 2020

The spokesperson for Steward Health Care told Newsbook.com.mt that the transport section, including ambulance drivers, are currently operating from a temporary space consisting of a number of lightweight structures. He explained that these structures are made for this exact purpose, and that they are different from containers meant for transportation.