Government makes u-turn on danger money for nurses – MUMN

Mater Dei
Miguela Xuereb

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Nurses working with patients who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus will not be given danger money, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses said on Wednesday.

In a statement the union lambasted the government for doing a u-turn on this measure. On Tuesday the union’s council met to retract the industrial actions which were already in force. However, it was then informed that danger money will not be given because “the government does not consider this as a priority at present”. Meanwhile the danger money already received ten days ago will be retracted, a grant which was given by Health Minister Chris Fearne.

Giving the Health Minister an 48-hour ultimatum, the union appealed to Minister Fearne to review the government’s position on giving danger money to nurses working with individuals receiving care for Covid-19.

Government carrying out political maneuvers through GWU

The MUMN noted that at the same time the Health Ministry was informing it about the latest decision on danger money, the General Workers’ Union held a press conference claiming that some nurses have joined the union.

The MUMN lambasted the government for resorting to carrying out political maneuvers in such critical moments.

On Wednesday, 19 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed. The largest tally since the outbreak, bringing the number up to 129 cases. Most of the cases so far showed mild symptoms however, a 61-year-old man remains in intensive therapy unit after developing pneumonia.

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