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MAM reaction as reported in the media - 23/12/2004

The Times
http://www.timesofmalta.com/core/article.php?id=173185
Health authorities accused of discrimination
The Medical Association of Malta (MAM) yesterday accused the health authorities of flouting the law by discriminating between doctors.

The association expressed surprise at comments made in Parliament by Heath Minister Louis Deguara who said that two consultants were offered a choice between an Lm8,000 salary with private practice and a Lm45,000 salary without private practice - and they consequently chose the former.

MAM said its collective agreement as well as EU employment and anti-discrimination laws prohibited such discriminatory treatment among colleagues doing the same job. This was particularly grave and irregular, it said, because no call for applications for these posts was issued as required by EU directives.

"It is surprisingly naïve to talk about such irregular activity in a public parliamentary debate," MAM said.

While flouting the rules, MAM said, it seemed that the Health Division continued to recruit numerous doctors from Eastern Europe with conditions and payment worse than those of Maltese doctors. "MAM is in fact supporting the claim of these doctors to have the same conditions as Maltese doctors, while insisting that their qualifications are suitably scrutinised in the interest of safe patient care," it said.

MAM said it has repeatedly insisted with the Health Ministry and the Management and Personnel Office at the Office of the Prime Minister on these points, to the extent that legal and industrial action was threatened if the division continued to flout these laws.

MAM challenged the division to make public calls for applications at the salary levels which the minister claimed to have offered to these "chosen consultants". Then it would be known whether the minister's comments were only a weak justification for paying doctors poorly, it said.

L-orizzont
http://www.l-orizzont.com/news.asp?newsitemid=16257

Il-MAM tisfida lid-Divizjoni tas-Sahha



L-Assocjazzjoni Medika Maltija (MAM) sfidat lid-Divizjoni tas-Sahha biex taghmel sejha pubblika lit-tobba u toffrilhom biex jew jaghzlu paga ta’ Lm8,000 fis-sena u jithallew jahdmu wkoll fil-privat jew inkella jaghzlu paga ta’ Lm45,000 fis-sena bil-kundizzjoni li ma jkunux jistghu jahdmu fil-privat.

Din l-isfida saret fid-dawl ta’ stqarrija li ghamel il-Ministru ghas-Sahha Louis Deguara li kien qal li hemm zewg konsulenti li ppreferew paga ta’ Lm8,000, basta jithallew jahdmu fil-privat minflok paga ta’ Lm45,000 minghajr possibilità li jahdmu fil-privat.

Is-Segretarju Generali tal-MAM, Dr Martin Balzan, qal li jekk id-Divizjoni tas-Sahha tilqa’ t-talba taghhom allura jsir maghruf jekk id-diskors tal-Ministru Deguara kienx biss “gustifikazzjoni fqira tal-pagi baxxi li ghandhom it-tobba”.

Huwa zied jghid li l-MAM baqghet sorpriza tisma lill-Ministru Deguara jaghmel l-istqarrija li ghamel ghax il-ftehim kollettiv li ffirmat u l-ligijiet anti-diskriminatorji jipprojbixxu li ssir diskriminazzjoni bejn kollegi li jkunu qeghdin jaghmlu l-istess xoghol.

Dr Martin Balzan zied jghid li jidher li d-Divizjoni tas-Sahha qieghda tibqa’ timpjega tobba barranin mil-Lvant ta’ l-Ewropa li l-paga u l-kundizzjonijiet taghhom huma inferjuri ghal dawk Maltin. Il-MAM, kompla Dr Balzan, taqbel mat-tobba barranin li qeghdin jghidu li l-kundizzjonijiet tax-xoghol taghhom ghandhom ikunu bhal dawk tal-Maltin.

The Malta Independent
http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=9585

MAM challenges minister

The Medical Association of Malta refers to reports of comments made by Health Minister Louis Deguara where it was stated that two particular consultants were offered a choice between a Lm8,000 salary with private practice and a Lm45,000 salary without private practice and preferred the former.

The MAM is very surprised by such reports since the MAM collective agreement, and indeed EU employment, as well as anti-discrimination laws prohibit such discriminatory treatment among colleagues doing the same job. This is particularly grave since no call for application for these posts was issued as required by EU directives. It is surprisingly naïve to talk about such irregular activity in a public parliamentary debate.

While flouting these rules, it seems that the health division continues to recruit numerous doctors from Eastern Europe with conditions and payment inferior to those of Maltese doctors. MAM is in fact supporting the claim of these doctors to have the same conditions as Maltese doctors, while insisting that their qualifications are suitably scrutinised in the interest of safe patient care.

MAM has repeatedly insisted with the Health Ministry as well as the Management and Personnel Office at the Office of the Prime Minister on these points, to the extent that legal and industrial action was threatened if the division continued to flout these laws.

For this reason the MAM challenges the Health Division to make public calls for application at these salary levels that the minister claims to have offered to these “chosen consultants”. Then it will be known whether the minister’s comments were only a weak justification for low payment of doctors, MAM said.





 
 
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