The Malta Independent 4 August 2020, Tuesday

Updated: MAM, MUMN postpone start of industrial action after meeting with minister

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 18:26 Last update: about 2 days ago

The Medical Association of Malta and the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses have postponed industrial action it ordered unless the government cancels mass events.

In a statement, MAM said that after a meeting it had with the Health Minister Chris Fearne, it was agreed in principle on a draft text on how to address pending issues particularly the problems related to the dangers of mass events, and how to tackle the new surge in cases so as to avoid unnecessary risks to medical professionals and the general public.


This agreement builds on past successes but takes in consideration lessons learnt in the past two weeks. 

However as this document requires ratification, a meeting has been scheduled on Tuesday afternoon so as to iron out any possible details.

As a gesture of good will MAM is suspending the start of the Directives to Wednesday 5 August, however while confident that there is a good basis for agreement, it considers the Tuesday meeting as a make or break situation.

MAM this morning said it insisted that the government follows the advice of the health superintendent and cancels mass activities.

In another statement, MUMN said that several discussions were held with Minister Fearne regarding the various issues which MUMN has related to the health sector in particular to Covid-19 pandemic.

An agreement in principle has been reached on all issues and therefore MUMN is suspending all directives till 5 August 2020.

A meeting will be taking place early next week to finalise the agreement.

MUMN said will be keeping its members updated accordingly.

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