Malta: Chris Fearne- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health of Malta, announced that a new sectoral agreement had been signed for emergency ambulance responders. The agreement is for the responders who are working in the public sector, covering the next five years.
Represented by UĦM – Voice of the Workers since 2019, the emergency ambulance responders and the union have been calling for an improvement in their working conditions for a very long time.
Through his social media, Chris Fearne noted, “New sectoral agreement for Emergency #Ambulance Responders: An essential link in our health service. Thank you for your professional work # UĦM # Health First.”
Reportedly, last year it was outlined that the emergency responder was paid less than animal ambulance drivers. However, the discrepancy is reaching as much as €5,000 a year when allowances are factored in.
Moreover, the responders were also upset with the zero response from the government side, which signalled that the administration could privatise the service. The indications also noticed from the facts that the government was already choosing to use third-party ambulances provided by private contractors instead of making significant changes and uplifting its own fleet.
While explaining the statement, the Health Ministry asserted that the agreement, covering the next five years, will provide specialised training to the responders, including other things so that it could lead to career progression, improved allowances and, above all, a better service to patients
Health Minister Chris Fearne welcomed the agreement and stressed that training should be given more preference and would permit the health authorities to upgrade and advance the latest technologies for the benefit of the patients.
Chris Fearne- Health Minister of Malta, is working day and night to create an advancement in the health facilities so that people can get better medical care. His various plans and actions strengthen the health care sector that can withstand any pandemic, endemic or health crisis.
His response against the COVID-19 pandemic raised the appreciation for the Maltese health system as the country had the lowest death rate in entire Europe. In addition to that, Dr Chris Ferane’s incredible leadership stand in the fifth position in the overall health services in the world.