University of Malta medical students have been stopped from completing their gastroenterology placement in the last week at Mater Dei Hospital. This occurred due to an influx of Barts Medical Students, who completed their placements with the Mater Dei Consultants.
Back in September 2019 the medical students issued warning that acceptance of Barts medical students would strain the limited resources at Mater Dei.
“Is this sustainable? This situation has been going on for five years now — we have been asking for meetings and have been met with delays and false promises. We want reassurances now before the condition of our student members starts deteriorating,” said Omar Chircop in 2019.
The MMSA students had drawn up a document entitled, ‘Request and Safeguards‘ which has still been ignored by officials. It seemed clear to the medical students of the University of Malta that there are not enough resources to take on such a load of students.
Additionally, the full number of Barts medical students have not yet arrived which means that the issue will only worsen.
Another meeting has been requested with the officials from the Ministry of Health by MMSA and KSU, their request has since been ignored, again.