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Reaction to MAM - SLH agreement on Casualty - 17/11/2005

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Doctors lift action
Cynthia Busuttil

The Medical Association of Malta yesterday withdrew the directives that risked disrupting some arrangements for next week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

The association and St Luke's Hospital have agreed to increase the number of doctors at the Accident and Emergency Department and review the roster system.

The agreement guarantees that medical services will be forthcoming during CHOGM, the government said.

"Other measures include improved career progression and enhanced opportunities for further training. It is hoped these measures will continue to improve the service offered to patients in A&E and help attract and retain medical staff," it said.

The contingency plan for CHOGM envisages that a number of doctors will be deployed at strategic points around Malta but this would not have been possible had the directives remained in place.

Earlier this month, the association ordered doctors to "work to rule" and not move from their assigned departments to cover for staff shortages at Casualty.

The association had held that doctors working at A&E could not cope with their workload, especially during the night, and to make ends meet the hospital authorities were taking doctors from other departments and sending them to Casualty.

The MAM's general secretary, Martin Balzan, had pointed out that such doctors were not experienced enough, the level of supervision at Casualty was inadequate and the other departments also had staff shortage problems.

Dr Balzan said yesterday that until the number of staff was increased at A&E, a number of off-duty doctors would be called in to work there.

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The Malta Independent

MAM withdraws directives

It has been agreed by the Medical Association of Malta and St Luke’s Hospital to increase the number of doctors at the Accident and Emergency Department (A & E) while concurrently reviewing the current roster system.

Other measures agreed include improved career progression and enhanced opportunities for further training, a Department of Information statement said yesterday.

It is hoped that these measures will continue to improve the service offered to patients in A & E, and help attract and retain medical staff.

In view of this agreement, MAM has withdrawn the previously issued directives. This agreement therefore also guarantees medical

services during the forthcoming CHOGM.





 
 
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