VGH expresses dismay at MAM, UĦM statements
Vitals Global Healthcare yesterday questioned the position taken by the Medical Association of Malta and the UĦM – Voice of the Workers on hospital projects it was entrusted with, wondering whether the position taken is really in the interest of the union members.
In a statement, VGH said it understood that large-scale projects, such as the one being undertaken by the company, are of national interest and thus, welcomes a constructive, open and ongoing discussion.
VGH has been entrusted with the overhaul of St Luke’s Hospital, Karen Grech Hospital and the Gozo General Hospital. On Saturday, MAM and UĦM said they would not sign any agreements with VGH until the Public Accounts Committee investigates the contracts the government signed with VGH.
VGH reiterated that it has been forthcoming with information and willing to speak with all stakeholders concerned. While presentations on the project and the company have been given to a number of unions, constituted bodies and other entities, MAM and UĦM have continuously refused to meet VGH officials to discuss the project.
It is for this reason that the company finds the letter sent to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee somewhat surprising.
VGH highlights that many of the points listed in the letter are not only incorrect, but irresponsible and incredulous, and that most major issues have been clarified publicly by the company. Other questions said to have been left unanswered could have easily been addressed had said unions accepted one of many invitations sent by the company.
VGH will continue to discuss and reply to questions brought forward by interested parties, although at this stage, VGH can’t help but question whether the decision taken by UĦM and MAM officials not to engage in dialogue truly represents the interest of the unions’ members or if this decision is led by an ulterior political agenda.
VGH again publicly invites MAM and UĦM to meet and engage in dialogue “so that the scaremongering and dissemination of fabricated information can stop, for the good of the workers of VGH hospitals and the general public at large.”