UĦM issues directives for Allied Health Professionals

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The UĦM Voice of the Workers has issued a set of directives to all its members which come into effect as from today and which will effect the scheduling of operations and laboratories.

The union said that the directives are to be observed by all its members working at Mater Dei Hospital, at the Gozo General Hospital, Mount Carmel, Karin Grech and St Luke’s hospitals, St. Vincent De Paul Residence and for all its members working within the primary healthcare system.

The UĦM Voice of the Workers agreed to go ahead with the directives which will effect the Allied Health Professionals;

  • Audiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Technologist
  • Biomedical Scientists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Radiographers
  • Podiatrists

The Union clarified that the directives will not impact the services provided and related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agreement that has expired 3 years ago

The directives which come into effect today were agreed upon by the union and its members after the government failed to address the concerns of frontliners. Gian Paul Gauci, UĦM Assistant Director explained to Newsbook.com.mt that in January they had registered an industrial dispute and in March agreed to suspend negotiations until COVID-19 was tackled.

According yo Gauci when negotiations continued it was evident that the Government was not ready to reflect the responsibilities of the front-liners with a proper pay package.

Two weeks ago the union gave a deadline for Government to come up with adequate counter proposals and to date these counter proposals have not been sent.

Apart from COVID-19 patients and COVID-19 tests, Allied Health professionals shall refrain from working normally except for emergency and life-threatening cases.

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