MAM issues directive to Health centre doctors - 28/8/2003

As from today, 28th August 2003

After taking in consideration that:
1. Health centre doctors are already very hard pressed with their clinical work with patients.

2. The taking of blood at the health centres is normally done by other categories.

3. Ethical considerations regarding the practice of medicine in the interest of the patient come first and foremost.

The Medical Association of Malta directs Health Centre doctors

1.a to take blood from patients only in cases of urgent or serious nature.
1b. for this purpose doctors are to exercise their clinical judgement in establishing which are the urgent cases.

2. should such emergency cover of venesection duties be provided by the staff normally responsible for the taking of blood from patients, doctors are to offer their clinical judgement on which are urgent cases.

3. between 8.00 a.m and 9.00 a.m. no more than one doctor per health centre shall offer this emergency service.

4. the situation will be reviewed by the MAM council on Tuesday 2nd September 2003.

Dr Martin Balzan
General Secretary 28.08.03

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