Zminijietna calls for unity against commercialisation of health care

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Zminijietna calls for unity against commercialisation of health careIn a statement today, Zminijietna – Voice of the Left, said that it supports the position taken by the Malta Medical Association to stop the Government from transferring part of the National Health Services to a private operator.

Zminijietna went on to say that it is “very disappointed that the same Association is in favour of public-private partnership (PPP). These type of agreements are generally for a long-term period, more expensive to run, and can also lead to the privatisation of the service provided,” it said.

“New workers will be engaged on a precarious job contract, such as temporary employment contract and ‘temporary agency work. Additionally, the patient making use of the service will just become a simple client,” said the organisation.

Zminijietna concluded by saying that, “the trade union movement should start a campaign to put pressure on the Government and the opposition parties in Parliament to renationalise strategic assets and services. Thus, any profit generated from these assets would go to government revenues.”

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