The UĦM – Voice of the Workers expressed its concern on the situation of dentists working in the public service. The Union appealed to the Government to refrain from employing foreign professionals saying that it was undermining the conditions of local dentists.
According to the UĦM the Government issued a counter proposal over the summer where it suggested to reduce the dentists’ salary by €2,000. The Chief Executive of the Union, Josef Vella had described the counter proposal as “arrogant”.
Vella remarked that a total of 40 dentists graduated over the past five years however only eight were employed within the public service, four of which had stopped. According to Vella, it seemed that the Government lacks a clear plan for dentistry services offered at Mater Dei.
The UĦM said that it was informed that the Government was seeking to employ foreign dentists most of which did not have a good command of English, which would make it difficult to communicate with the patients.