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Govt hits back at TG over ‘baseless’ claims after GHA walkout

Johnny Bugeja

The Gibraltar Government last night slammed as “complete nonsense” Together Gibraltar’s criticism of the GHA’s decision to compile a list of those who took part in the recent hospital walk-out.
“What has been compiled is a health check-list and not a black-list,” the Government said in a statement, adding that TG’s “baseless accusations” were “insulting”.
“Together Gibraltar have developed a position based on speculation, hearsay, gossip, innuendo and rumour with little regard for the facts,” No.6 Convent Place said.
“This only serves to dent their credibility and does them no favours.”
It added that names had to be taken for contact tracing purposes, and that this was important particularly in respect of large gatherings of persons "where social distancing has not been maintained”. 
“Indeed, even restaurants are obliged to gather that information which is then destroyed when it is no longer relevant to the purposes for which it was required,” No.6 said.
“This is, sadly, a part of the new normal in which Gibraltar and the planet now find ourselves as a result of the ongoing pandemic.” 
Additionally, the Government pointed out that it has been the policy of many Governments of Gibraltar since the 1970s to dock the pay of those who attend such a walk-out during working hours. 
“It is quite incredible that they were not even aware of this historical position,” No.6 added.