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MAM press release in L-orizzont, Malta Independent - 16/7/2005

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link to article in The Malta Independent

Tabib b’passaport Ingliz b’salarju gross ta’ Lm60,000

L-Assocjazzjoni Medika Maltija (MAM), il-bierah wissiet lill-Gvern li se jkollu jiffaccja konsegwenzi serji jekk id-Divizjoni tas-Sahha mhix se tkun konformi mal-ligijiet ta’ l-Unjoni Ewropea u mal-ligijiet nazzjonali rigward il-kaz ta’ tabib Malti b’passaport Ingliz li ghandu salarju ta’ Lm45,000, fejn dan mhux ihallas taxxa u ghalhekk dan qieghed jiehu dhul ‘gross’ ta’ Lm60,000, sitt darbiet aktar mit-tobba Maltin. Il-MAM wissiet li hi lesta tiehu l-passi kollha li taghti l-ligi biex il-Gvern ikun konformi mal-ligijiet ta’ l-Unjoni Ewropea.

L-Assocjazzjoni Medika Maltija (MAM), fi stqarrija ghall-istampa b’riferenza ghat-twegiba Parlamentari tal-Ministru ghas-Sahha, Dr. Louis Deguara ghal mistoqsija tad-Deputat Laburista, Dr. Adrian Vassallo, intqal li hemm tabib partikolari li jahdem mal-Gvern fejn dan qieghed jinghata salarju ferm oghla milli ghandhom it-tobba Maltin.

L-istqarrija qalet li l-Ministru Deguara kien qieghed jirreferi ghal tabib Malti li ghandu passaport Ingliz, liema tabib ghandu salarju annwali ta’ Lm45,000.

Il-MAM qalet li “dan it-tabib mhux ihallas taxxa fuq dan l-ammont u ghalhekk dan it-tabib privileggjat qieghed jircievi salarju ‘gross’ ta’ Lm60,000. Dan ifisser sitt darbiet aktar minn kemm qeghdin jaqilghu it-tobba Maltin. Nistaqsu ghaliex it-Tax Compliance Unit qieghda tigri wara t-tobba biex ihallsu aktar taxxi, meta mbaghad dan it-tabib privileggjat qieghed jiehu hafna aktar paga u hu ezentat milli jhallas it-taxxa?.”

Il-MAM qalet ukoll li “qeghdin nikkontestaw ukoll il-fatt li l-hatriet mhux qeghdin isiru skond il-Kostituzzjoni u skond il-kodici tas-Servizz Pubbliku, minhabba li l-postijiet vakanti m’humiex jigu pubblicizzati u ma hemmx bord ta’ l-ghazla kif hu rikjest kemm mil-ligi nazzjonali kif ukoll minn dik ta’ l-Unjoni Ewropea.”

Il-MAM qalet li “it-tobba li gejjin mill-pajjizi tal-Lvant ta’ l-Ewropa, iddahhlu fin-nassa li ma jhallsux taxxa u din iccahhadhom mis-servizzi socjali. Dr. Deguara qal li dawn ghandhom l-istess salarji tat-tobba Maltin izda dawn gew imcahhda mill-’increments’ u hafna drabi dawn tpoggew fuq l-iskala tas-salarji tas-sena 1993, li dan ifisser li mhux jinghataw gharfien ghas-esperjenza professjonali li huma kellhom qabel f’pajjizhom.

“Dawn it-tobba qeghdin jigu mcahhda minn pensjoni u access ghal servizzi socjali jekk huma jieqfu mix-xoghol. Dan hu illegali u kuntrarju ghal dak li jghidu r-regoli ta’ l-Unjoni Ewropea tal-moviment hieles.”

Il-MAM qalet li “il-pozizzjoni tal-MAM hi t-tobba ghandhom ikunu mpjegati skond il-kundizzjonijiet tal-ftehim kollettiv u d-diskriminazzjoni bejn it-tobba ghandha tieqaf.”

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MAM, Health Division exchange on doctor’s salary

The Medical Association of Malta warned the health authorities that it intends to take every measure available at law to make the Health Division comply with EU and local legislation.

However, the Health Division later replied that it was not breaking any law, whether European or local.

In its statement, MAM said that in response to a parliamentary question put forward by Dr Adrian Vassallo, Health Minister Louis Deguara had made it clear that one particular doctor earned more than others.

MAM alleged that this doctor is given a salary which is six times that of his Maltese counterparts and asked why the Tax Compliance Unit was pursuing other doctors while this particular doctor was exempted from paying tax.

MAM is also contesting that appointments are not being made according to the constitution and the public service management code since posts are not being publicly advertised, or was a selection board appointed as required by Maltese and EU law.

It added that eastern European doctors are unfortunately being led into a “tax free” trap which denies them of their social services. In his parliamentary statement, Dr Deguara claimed that eastern European doctors were given the same salary as Maltese doctors.

In fact, they are denied any increments and are often put on 1993 salary scales while most are not given credit for previous professional experience in their home country.

Although it is true that the “income tax exemption” leads to a salary roughly equivalent to that of a Maltese doctor, these doctors are being led into a trap which denies them a pension or access to social support once they stop working. Clearly, this is contrary to the EU regulation on free movement of labour, MAM pointed out.

MAM insists that the relevant legislation should be complied with, especially when the employer is the government. It also said that all doctors should be employed according to the conditions stated in the collective agreement and that any discrimination must immediately stop.

MAM called on the Health Division to comply immediately with Maltese and EU law, and is warning of serious consequences should such irregularities not be corrected as soon as possible.

In its reply, the Health Division said that once negotiations on the doctors’ conditions of work are still being held, it has been decided that contracts of work that have expired or are about to expire are being extended by one year under the same conditions. This also applied to the doctor referred to by MAM and other directors within the division, meaning that the allegation of someone gaining advantage was not true, the division stressed.

The working conditions of the doctor in question were established 10 years ago and remained the same throughout. The net salary remained what it was 10 years ago and the income tax is paid by the division as part of the original contract. Therefore, any reference to the Tax Compliance Unit is out of order, the division added.

The contracts for foreign doctors are on a fixed salary but include free medical care for the doctor and his family, an expatriate allowance of Lm1,400 and a free return air ticket for the doctor and his family once a year.

This means that there is no discrimination and that remuneration is more or less the same as that received by a Maltese doctor. A solution to the fact that no national insurance is paid by these doctors, is currently being discussed by the Management and Personnel Office and the Finance Ministry.

The division insisted that no regulation or legislation, whether European or local, had been breached.

It concluded by denying that it was discriminating between doctors





 
 
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