MAM registers industrial dispute with government

Accuses Prime Minister's Office of continued interference in the work of the Superintendent of Public Health

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Medical Association of Malta has registered an industrial dispute following what it referred to the continued interference in the work of the Superintendent of Public Health by the Office of the Prime Minister.  It also warned that it reserves the right to lake legal action against whoever by his decisions, or omissions may lead to life-threatening to any of its members.

With immediate effect all doctors in the vulnerable groups as declared in legal notices in March or approved by management are only to work on administrative or telework duties and avoid contact with patients.

The MAM has also urged all other doctors to help in work normally done by doctors in vulnerable groups and make sure that patients get all the necessary treatment.

The MAM also gave notice that as from Monday 3 rd. August, it will be directing its member only to perform emergency duties should the situation remain unchanged. 

The MAM said that the government has taken a number of decisions, including the declaration that the public health emergency due to Covid 19 as concluded, where clearly all evidence points otherwise and that all public health measures have been repealed or reduced to guidelines not enforceable by fines.

The MAM also identified the Prime Minister, who through repeated statements he encouraged people not to comply to the recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Health, not only in words, but also by example where a concert and a mass political activity was held and in which he participated where notably neither social distancing or wearing of masks took place.

The MAM’s resolution also focused on the fact that there was active promotion of Mass activities by the Malta tourism authorities, including Minister Julia Portelli creating grave danger of a major and uncontrollable epidemic.

The MAM said that these decisions not only create a grave danger of an epidemic but also a serious threat to the health and safety of the Medical staff and their loved ones.

In view of this the MAM warned that it reserves the right to lake legal action against whoever by his decisions, or omissions may lead to life-threatening to any of its members.

The MAM also ordered that all permits for mass events of more than 10 people be stopped with immediate effect and all approved permits withdrawn and that all public health care facilities revert to the emergency mode as had occurred from March to June.