“It’s a shame that the plight of children with disabilities will continue to grow” Commissioner Oliver Scicluna

Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Oliver Scicluna, had harsh words for the fact that children with disabilities continue to be deprived of services essential to their development due to industrial actions that took effect today.

Industrial action was called in connection with an agreement for Allied Health Professionals that the UĦM said had expired three years ago, and on negotiations that have not yet been concluded in connection with salaries for frontliners.

The UĦM said that as of today it is giving directives to its members at Mater Dei Hospital, Gozo General Hospital, Mount Carmel Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul Residence, Karin Grech and St. Luke and those working in the care of the Elderly, and in Primary Public Health.

In response, in a statement on social media, Commissioner Scicluna said the spread of Covid-19 was severely detrimental to children with disabilities as they stopped receiving necessary therapies and services.

He added that the suffering of these children would continue to increase after the industrial action announced today, which he said deprived them and other vulnerable people of essential services.

“It is a shame that children who have been deprived since the beginning of March of services such as physiotherapy and speech therapy due to Covid-19 will now continue to decline in their development due to industrial actions,” said Mr Scicluna , while expressing the hope that the Government and the UĦM would find a solution soon.

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