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The UĦM Voice of the Workers is escalating the directives issued to Allied Health Professionals. These will come into play as of midnight.
In a statement, the union explained that the Government is failing to acknowledge the hard work of health professionals by giving them a raise. Allied Health Professionals are Audiologists, Biomedical Scientists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Technologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Radiographers and Speech Language Pathologists.
The union said that the directives are to be observed by all its members working at Mater Dei Hospital, at the Gozo General Hospital, Mount Carmel, Karin Grech and St Luke’s hospitals, St. Vincent De Paul Residence and for all its members working within the primary healthcare system.
UĦM went on to say that despite the fact that there is an agreement that has been expired for three years, the Government remains hard headed and is not ready to issue raises and more favourable work conditions for frontliners. It appears that the Government has made these promises but is not fulfilling them.
These directives are:
- Non-urgent operations are being postponed
- Emergency room radiographers will be directed to go slow
- CTs, MRI and Theatres are suspended unless it’s an emergency
- No blood tests will be processed unless it’s an emergency or COVID-19 related
- Podiatry services are suspended unless urgent
- Occupational Therapists will not see new patients, and will not conduct home visits
- Community services for people having trouble swallowing (dysphagia) will be suspended, and the people referred to Casualties
- Community services for Speech Language Pathology are to be suspended except for new patients who will be allowed one appointment
- All hearing tests have been suspended
- Physiotherapists will only consider cases related to the respiratory system.
The statement concluded by saying that these are measures that do not impact the COVID-19 pandemic, but should the Government keep digging its feet in the ground, nothing is out of the realm of possibility.
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