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HEALTH CONSULTANT WHO RECOMMENDED CAUTION ON SCHOOLS REMOVED FROM POST

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COVID-19-2A health consultant who recommended caution when it comes to the reopening of school has been “removed” from their role, the Medical Association of Malta claimed on Monday.

The consultant was one of those responsible for the coordination of the public health response to Covid-19, and in a statement the MAM said that they had been removed because they “had the courage to recommend caution on the consequences re-opening for the schools.”

A health consultant who recommended caution when it comes to the reopening of school has been “removed” from their role, the Medical Association of Malta claimed on Monday.

The consultant was one of those responsible for the coordination of the public health response to Covid-19, and in a statement the MAM said that they had been removed because they “had the courage to recommend caution on the consequences re-opening for the schools.”

Teachers will head back to school classrooms today after a two-day teachers’ strike was called off on Friday. The strike was called after Covid-19 cases spiked to record-high numbers, largely as a result of festivities over the Christmas and New Year’s period.

The MAM said it will convene to evaluate the situation and decide on its reaction after this “episode of intimidation.”

The association also expressed its disappointment that "that the same reckless mistakes due to decisions taken by politicians based on short-sighted populism rather than the advice of medical experts have led to the current situation.”

They claimed that a number of positive cases are arriving from the UK, noting that regular flights between Malta and the UK had remained operational.

The association called on the government to support the tourism industry through financial means rather than through encouraging behaviour that puts people’s lives at risk.

In a separate statement, the Malta Union of Teachers said that it joins the MAM in condemning the removal of the consultant.

The union expressed its concern about the news, and said that it is the duty of every professional to give scientific advice in their area of specialization, and this can never result in their sacking.

The MUT urged the government to reverse its position and allow all professionals – particularly those in the health sector – to work without interference to be the ones who guide the decisions on the necessary measures to control the pandemic.

They noted that this confirms what the MUT said about the advice that the government had in hand about schools. The MUT had claimed that there had been advice from health consultants to keep schools closed for the second semester – a claim denied by health authorities.

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