MAM disassociates itself from Mater Dei industrial action

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Medical Association of Malta has disassociated itself from industrial action taking place at Mater Dei Hospital or elsewhere in the health service, stating that any cancellation of operation would be due to industrial action from another trade union.

The doctors’ union emphasised that it had no directives in force today.

The MAM had announced industrial action after being unimpressed by the government’s handling of the pandemic, but suspended them after the latest measures introduced on 17 August, noting that they were very close to its requests.

Speaking on Newsbook Hour on 103 Malta’s Heart last week, MAM president Martin Balzan nevertheless said that more measures may be needed to bring the number of Covid-19 cases down, specifically calling for requiring all travellers to Malta to be tested – as opposed to the small minority coming from areas put on the so-called amber list. He also called for an extension of the validity of the €100 vouchers handed to all Malta residents to boost consumer spending to December, to avoid a rush of people seeking to make use of them this month.