VGH ex­presses dis­may at MAM, UĦM state­ments

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.”

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