MAM to proceed with industrial actions

Updated 06:00 PM
FILE PHOTO: Medical staff in a protective suit treats a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Oglio Po hospital in Cremona
FILE PHOTO: Medical staff in a protective suit treats a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Oglio Po hospital in Cremona, Italy March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/File Photo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The council of the Malta Medical Association has to proceed with the proposed industrial action as from Thursday 6th August up to midnight of Wednesday 12th August.

Should a satisfactory agreement not be reached MAM may extend the duration or introduce new directives.

MAM announced its decision on Wednesday morning while stating that Malta is currently in the thick of a new epidemic caused by mass events which is leading to around 15 new cases per day amongst the local population, and has already been blacklisted by 4 EU countries.

“Rather than control the epidemic the government of Malta, against the advice of the Superintendent of Public Health has decided to forge ahead with multiple mass events including those for thousands of people. What all the other EU countries are strictly prohibiting, our authorities are doing exactly the opposite.” – stated the association and has once again appealed to the government to immediately stop mass events.

The Malte Medical Association Council unanimously agreed to go ahead with the following directives as from tomorrow;

Mater Dei Hospital

  • From Thursday 6th August, all Mater Dei outpatients appointments are postponed. This directive will remain in force for one week
  • All elective surgery will be postponed from Thursday 6th August. All urgent and cancer surgery is exempt from this directive
  • Cardiology procedures which are considered urgent or to be performed on patients at high risk should not be cancelled
  • All elective ultrasound lists are postponed from Thursday 6th August.  This directive will remain in force for one week
  • All doctors in the Accident and Emergency Department are exempt from directives  
  • All vulnerable doctors are to avoid frontline work and to report for administrative or telephone duties 
  • Patients who have had their outpatients appointment cancelled may be contacted by phone by the respective Medical team
  • Anticoagulation clinics are exempted both in hospitals and health centres

Health Centres

  • All 42 Community Clinics will remain closed and no General Practitioners will attend. This directive will remain in force for one week
  • All Health Centres will set up a triage desk which will be manned by a doctor at all times
  • On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August, only the Health Centres in Mosta, Floriana, Paola and Rabat (Gozo) will open. All doctors assigned to satellite Health Centres are to report to the main Health Centres on these days
  • All doctors are to wear PPE in all clinical areas
  • All diabetic and medical consultant clinic appointments will be postponed or held by telephone
  • All vulnerable doctors are to avoid frontline work and to report for administrative or telephone duties 
  • Anticoagulation clinics are exempted both in hospitals and health centres
  • Elective procedures at all Health Centres shall be cancelled

Gozo

  • From Thursday 6th August, all Gozo General Hospital outpatients appointments are postponed. This directive will remain in force for one week
  • (Doctors working in Oncology, psychiatry, geriatrics and paediatrics are exempt)
  • All Community Clinics (bereg) will remain closed 
  • All patients will be triaged at the Rabat Health Centre. Non-urgent appointments will be postponed
  • Outpatients which are cancelled may be contacted by phone

Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC)

  • All Doctors in SAMOC are exempt from directives 

Mount Carmel Hospital and community psychiatry

  • All Doctors in psychiatry are exempt from directives for now. 
  • Public Health doctors and doctors working in swabbing centres. 
  • Exempt from directives due to pandemic

Karen Grech Hospital, Geriatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Exempt from directives

Obstetric outpatients (Not gynaecology)

  • Exempt from directives

Also, elective surgeries to be performed in Gozo General Hospital shall be postponed except for urgent surgery and surgery for cancer and anticoagulation clinics are exempted both in hospitals and health centres.

MAM has once again encouraged doctors who are able to apply to work some sessions in swabbing and contact tracing in order to keep up with demand.