MAM revises directives to allow elective surgeries to continue

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All surgeries will be performed normally as from Monday, with the Medical Association of Malta partially revising its strike “as a gesture of goodwill, especially toward patients.”

The strike is in its second days, and only urgent and cancer-related surgery had originally been exempted from the union’s directives. Directives at outpatients departments remain in force.

The MAM’s announcement followed a press conference held by Prime Minister Robert Abela and Health Minister Chris Fearne, and following personal contact with Fearne. It recognised that a number of new measures had been announced in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19, but emphasised its continued partial disagreement.

The union welcomed the compulsory wearing of face masks in indoor premises, as well as the introduction of fines and a promise of proper enforcement.

But it expressed its disapproval at what it described to be “unwarranted interference,” in the work of Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci, particularly since events with a capacity of up to 300 people were still being allowed.

“It is very clear that such parties will not control but rather increase the spread the virus as shown in every textbook of epidemiology,” the union said.

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