MAM directive - 26/8/2006

26th August 2006

MAM directive

Unfortunately there are severe shortages in the department of Medicine at the level of senior registrar and registrar. This was confirmed by a recent circular by the Chairman of the Department of Medicine to the extent that restrictions to vacation leave were threatened.

Due to the serious manpower shortage it is not possible to guarantee patient safety in all medical wards should the Medical Admissions Unit start operations at present with the current staff complement. The proposed operational policy of the unit involved changes in conditions of work, which, unfortunately were not discussed with MAM. It is also regrettable that the proposed date of opening was not communicated to doctors to the extent that most learned about it from third parties.

For these reasons, pending the start of discussions all doctors working in the public sector are being directed:

1. NOT to admit any patient to the newly proposed admissions unit.

2. TO continue to give full treatment to those patients admitted to the other wards.

Dr. Martin Balzan MD FRCP(UK) FEFIM
General Secretary

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