Opposition proposed agenda for Health Committee
The Nationalist Party has proposed 14 strategic areas that should be put on the agenda of the Health Committee that is being set up by Parliament. Top on the list is the state of the industrial relations in the health sector.
Opposition health spokesman, Claudio Grech, and Nationalist MP, Dr Michael Gonzi, who has been nominated as the second member on the Permanent Health Committee, said that industrial relations was an urgent matter for discussion. The relations between the government and the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses was creating uncertainty among employees and leading to more problems at a time of crisis.
Mr Grech said that it is worrying to note that currently there are 59 industrial directives which are impacting on the health care service provided to patients.
Other items proposed for discussion include the White Paper on medicine procurement and distribution, the implementation of measures proposed in the Johns Hopkins report, the migration from Paul Boffa Hospital to the new Oncology Centre and the strengthening of mental care.
The Opposition also proposed a debate on the effective treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, the infrastructural requirements of the primary healthcare system and ways to address the hospital bed shortage.
The Opposition is also proposing that the permanent committee discusses ways for clinical, educational and legislative measures aims at a collective effort to address diabetes, obesity and drug addiction, promote careers based on merit and experience and the implementation in practice of the Cross Border Directive and its impact on Maltese patients.