Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
On the 1st of November, a nurse attending an ambulance call was, without warning or provocation, physically manhandled down several steps, announced the Malta Union for Midwives and Nurses (MUMN).
The Union added that such assaults are not uncommon for nurses working in the E/A department.
MUM insisted that such perpetrators should be arrested; and that nurses who are in the first line in hospital care should be protected. The organisation explained that it has been striving to obtain the same insurance policy handed down by the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security for the Civil Protection Workers and Prison Wardens for several months, however, it was to no avail.
The organisation has warned that if by the 8th of November it does not receive the official document of the insurance policy for the nurses working in the E/A department and for the nurses working in the Mental Health setup, the following directives are to come into effect:
- Emergency nurses will stop all their involvement and service provided with respects to priorities 3,4 and 5 patients, meaning Area 3 and MCC;
- If matters escalate further, nurses will only operate from Area 1;
- The nurse is to give instruction to the ambulance driver not to exceed the speed driving limits of the local area due to health and safety reasons