In a speech given to parliament, Opposition leader Bernard Grech lamented about how, in her last few days, his 92 year old mother had to struggle to communicate with her carers.
Grech said that despite his mother being able to speak English and despite the carers doing their job with love and compassion, his mother could not communicate and this made her last few days a struggle.
The PN leader said how his mother should not have to resort to communicating with a language that is not her native tongue. Her pains and other risks, he said, were not being understood.
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He said that these are real experiences of people and that they cannot be hidden away with ‘talk’ and ‘PR’.
Connecting to the millions lost in the Vitals-Steward scandal, he accused the government of continuing to give money to these entities and ignoring the real experiences of people.
The speech by Grech follows a proposal put forth by PL MP Omar Farrugia, which proposes a quota for low skilled third country national workers.
Farrugia had, however, noted that exceptions will probably have to be made in critical sectors such as healthcare and caregiving. The quota was directed mainly at sectors where there was an oversupply of workers, with Farrugia suggesting taking inspiration from the UK’s points based immigration system.