Mater Dei ………. ora pro nobis

Louis Deguara li kien Ministru tas-Saħħa sal-elezzjoni tal-2008 għadu kif iddikjara illi huwa ma kienx jaqbel mal-ftehim kollettiv iffirmat bejn  il-Gvern u t-tobba lejlet l-elezzjoni tal-2008.

It-Times tal-beraħ fil-fatt jikkwotah hekk :

“The Health Division never agreed with the final agreement because we knew it was seriously flawed. As a department it never agreed to the final draft,” Dr Degu­ara said when contacted yesterday.

Huwa kien qed jikkummenta b’reazzjoni għal dak li qal iktar kmieni din il-ġimgħa Dr Joe Cassar il-Ministru tas-Saħħa attwali li qiegħed jilmenta illi l-ftehim kollettiv huwa mażra m’għonq il-Ministeru  tas-Saħħa.

Jiġifieri l-posizzjoni kienet :

1)     Saru negozjati bejn it-tobba u l-Ministeru tas-Saħħa.

2)     L-uffiċjali tal-Ministeru kif ukoll dawk tad-Diviżjoni tas-Saħħa ma qablux ma kif żviluppaw dawn in-negozjati u in partikolari mat-talbiet tat-tobba u n-negozjati daħlu fi sqaq.

3)     Il-Union tat-tobba għamlet pressure fuq il-Gvern u l-Gvern ċeda kontra l-parir li kellu.

4)     Il-Ministru Deguara baxxa rasu u aċċetta li jkun iffirmat ftehim li ma jaqbilx miegħu.

Issa qed jirriżulta li Louis Deguara kellu raġun.

Min ser iġorr ir-responsabbilta’ politika?

Huwa ċar li l-Gvern ta’ Lawrence Gonzi injora l-prinċipji kollha ta’ amminsitrazzjoni tajba biex minflok  bħalma jagħmel dejjem poġġa l-vantaġġ politiku qabel dak li hu sewwa.

GonziPN m’huwiex interessat li jamministra l-pajjiż sewwa. Hu interessat biss li jibqa’ fil-Gvern.

Dawn huma l-prinċipji li fuqhom hu mibni l-Gvern tal-lum. M’huwiex gvern tal-Maltin. Hu biss gonzipn.

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

4 comments on “Mater Dei ………. ora pro nobis

  1. Very fair comment. But I will not be surprised if tomorrow Government comes back denying Dr Deguara’s statement. The usual ping-pong. As in the 80’s nothing surprises us anymore.

  2. Does it really matter if Government (the PM presumably) denies Dr. Deguara’s statement? Dr. Cassar – who comes from the same stable as Dr. Gonzi — has just said that the Agreement is a millstone round the Health Department’s neck. A PN government signed the agreement: Dr. Cassar has nowhere to go and no political adversary to blame. Perhaps he should consider resigning, seeing he can hardly swim with a millstone round his neck. Dr. Deguara should certainly have done so.

  3. This very serious episode proves a number of facts:
    1. The Prime Minister acted contrary to the interests of the nation when his administration signed the collective agreement with doctors / consultants just before the 2008 election. The Maltese are still being hit hard by that scandalous agreement.
    2. Dr. Lawrence Gonzi once again put political considerations before national interests.
    3. The previous Minister for Health should have spoken out and objected to that agreement at the time. Why was that not done?
    4. Dr. Franco Debono is so right when he declares that the Prime Minister may not be his own master. Did somebody else advise Dr. Gonzi to sign that agreement? Was it Dr. E. Fenech Adami, Richard Cachia Caruana…? It is anybody’s guess who it was but personally I believe that the P.M. may have received the final push to do what he did. Acting against the interest of all the patients who would be using Mater Dei is not quite the gentlemanly and charitable way of doing things. He must have known that the country could not afford the overly generous terms of that agreement.
    4. Maltese doctors and consultants need to pull their weight if the situation at the hospital is to improve. They need to carry on working in the afternoons and in the early evening if that is necessary. Who will convince them to do that now? Hopefully the Hon. P.M. will do that seeing that it was himself who was so generous with them four years ago.

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