MAM to order industrial action in all health sectors from Monday

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MAM to order industrial action in all health sectors from MondayA trade union dispute has been registered with the Government by the Medical Association of Malta, after it was approved unanimously by the MAM council

MAM, in a statement aid that it noted, “that while no meetings were held, the Government has proceeded with announcing the transfer of a concession from VGH to Steward Healthcare to run the Gozo General Hospital, Karin Grech and St Luke’s hospitals without consultation and agreement.”

The formal notification of the dispute, MAM said, is in view of the breech of the collective agreement as below:

1″Give prior notice of not less than six weeks to MAM whenever it intends to contract any private entity to manage professional medical services at any health care facility providing free health care to the public on behalf of GoM, including outsourced services; and”

“Provided further than any present instances of outsourcing and PPPs, including public health service delivered at the Sites, shall be discussed in specific meetings, to reach a specific detailed agreement in line with the principles established in this section by the end of December 2017.”

21. (a) “GoM shall not, without following the procedure established in clause 1, directly or indirectly privatise the operation of medical services provided in part or in full, which are part of the government funded public health services.”

MAM Council has resolved that; MAM is to order widespread industrial action in all health sectors in Malta in Gozo as from next Monday, the 5th of February; MAM will convene and inform of all its sections and explain the reasons for and discussed the planned directives with members; Authorises the MAM to make alliances and possibly synchronise industrial actions with other trade unions in the health care sector; and authorises the MAM proceed with any legal action as necessary in the national and European law courts.

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