“Patients should not bear the burden of industrial action” – Malta Health Network

The NGO Malta Health Network said on Friday that patients and their families should not bear the burden of suffering industrial action and conflict.

While disagreements sometimes arise between the government and trade unions in the health sector, MHN calls on all parties to consider the health and well-being of their patients and ensure that they are their top priority. rice field.

NGOs stated that directives issued by such unions or governments should not cause unnecessary distress to patients and caregivers who are influenced by the directives and do not have a voice at the decision-making level. rice field.

“They are not or very poorly represented by high-level bodies such as the Health Council and the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD),” it said.

The MHN said it strongly supported an earlier statement issued by the Office of the Ombudsman through the Health Commission in a similar situation, stating that “trade unions continue to use patients as pawns to pressure authorities to comply with their demands.” is inhumane,” he said.

MHN said, “It is totally unfair and dangerous for patients to suffer at the expense of such circumstances, and it is also an emotional burden for many healthcare professionals who have their patients’ best interests at heart.

According to MHN, during industrial action in 2021, a Ministry of Health spokesman said such industrial action would “significantly undermine the delivery of public health services and could cause irreparable harm to patients and users. ‘ said. “Patients should not bear the burden of industrial action” – Malta Health Network

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