Civil Society Network expresses its support towards the MAM
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The Civil Society Network in a statement has said that it supports towards the Medical Association of Malta (MAM) in its dispute with the Government..
CSN stated that it is “the patient who will most suffer from bad decisions taken by the Government in this field.”
It added that, “the fact that the Government did not respect his obligations in respect of MAM on the subject of Steward Healthcare is of grave concern and raises very serious doubts as to in whose interest decisions in the health sector are being taken.”
CSN went on to say that it believes that it “is unacceptable and indeed shocking that the Government imposed on the Maltese people the obligation to pay €100 million and all the investor’s liabilities in the event that any future Maltese Government decides to take back into its hands the said hospitals.”
The Civil Society Network added that, “this is a burden on future generations and explains why the details of the Government’s agreement with Vitals have been maintained secret.”
CSN concluded by saying that it “expresses its solidarity with health care professionals and with the patients who receive care in the said hospitals, and wishes to bring to the attention of the public that the right of workers to strike is a basic one and therefore as long as the minimum level of service guaranteed by law is satisfied by MAM, the right of its members to strike should be respected by all, including the Government.”
The MAM has said today that the strike had been a success, with directives affecting outpatients departments and health centres.