MUMN issues directives effective as of Wednesday

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    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    The Health Division and the Office of the Prime Minister refused to reopen the sectoral agreement of the Nurses & Midwives as to address the substantial discrepancies given to the Allied Health Professionals in their sectorial agreement, stated the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses, MUMN, in a statement issed on Monday in which the union listed a number of directives for its members.

    The meetings failed miserably said the union while noting that the Health Division and the Office of the Prime Minister recognised the discrepancies in the financial aspects conveyed to both agreements.

    In view of this, when opening the sectoral agreement through industrial actions, the MUMN will be requesting the following;

    • That all Nurses & Midwives will be receiving shift allowances as the Allied Health Professionals
    • All appraisal reports are instantly removed and that all allowances attributed to the appraisal reports be given 100% as per Allied Health Professional Allowances
    • All Charge Nurses/Midwives will be assimilated in scale 6 with no interim period of scale 7 for three years as per Allied Health agreement
    • All Charge Nurses/Midwives are to receive the same financial package as given to all Allied Health Agreement as per the previous email already sent
    • All Nurses & Midwives who are scale 7 including the Senior Staff Nurse and the Senior Midwife are to receive the same financial package as per the Allied Health agreement
    • All Practise Nurses/Midwives and Senior Practise Nurses/Midwives are to receive the same remuneration as stipulated in the Allied Health agreement
    • The nursing premium of all Nurses & Midwives be adjusted to that of the Allied Health Agreement
    • CPD will increase according to the Allied Health Agreement
    • All SNM/SMM and CNM/CMM are to receive further remuneration to reflect their huge responsibilities in all Hospitals in Malta and Gozo
    • All Nurses & Midwives working the 46.6-hour roster are to receive their 6.6 hours on overtime rate and not on a flat rate as like the Allied Health Sectoral Agreement

    The MUMN also said that given the fact that the Health Division and the Office of the Prime Minister are refusing to continue to meet with them to find a solution, the union has issued a number of directives for all its members to adhere to.

    The directives come into effect as of Wednesday 25th November from 7am onwards.

    Mater Dei Hospital

    • Nurses & Midwives in all Wards with the exception of Paediatric Wards;
    • No co-ordination of  discharged patients
    • No coordination on transfers of patients within the same hospital.
    • Do not co-ordinate any admissions
    • Do not report (calling, email, phone or by any other means) any faults in the ward or unit or area
    • No in-hospital and Out of hospital referrals;
    • No bloodletting
    • No chasing of any blood and other results, including COVID-19 swabs
    • No no co-ordination with Medical Imaging

    Main Operating Theatre

    • The only theatres to be used are the Trauma Theatre, CEPOD theatre and only two other theatres. Nurses working in theatre are to remain working in these four theatres but the agreement of theatre nurses helping out in ITU is to be maintained

    Endoscopy Unit

    • Only two endoscopy theatres are to be used

    Out-Patient’s Department

    • Do not answer any telephone calls
    • Do not accompany patients to the wards
    • Do not do any errands outside the place of work
    • Do not order consumables and pharmaceuticals
    • Do not accompany patients in the doctor’s room

    SVPR

    • Do not participate in ward rounds
    • Do not participate in the distribution of meals
    • Do not do any errands outside the place of work
    • Do not participate in transferring patients between wards
    • Do not do any clerical work
    • Do not order any consumables and pharmaceuticals
    • Do not use the computer or any similar devices
    • Do not do any file preparations
    • Do not do any bloodletting
    • Do not wear any identification badges
    • Do not leave your ward to give rest to the nurses in other wards during the night duty
    • No washing of patients

    MCH

    • Do not participate in the washing of patients
    • Do not participate in ward rounds and patient review
    • Do not participate in the distribution of meals
    • Do not do any errands outside the place of work
    • Do not participate in transferring of patients between wards, chapel or main garden
    • Do not do any clerical work
    • Do not use the computer or any similar devices
    • Do not do any bloodletting
    • Do not accompany patients to other hospitals, elderly homes and other clinics except to the A&E Department
    • Do not attend for sessions of cases review
    • Do not do any file preparations for ward rounds and reviews
    • Do not accompany patients to the Courts of Justice
    • Do not order any pharmaceuticals and consumables
    • Do not wear any identification badges

    RKGH

    • Do not participate in washing and nappy change throughout the day and night duties
    • Do not participate in ward rounds
    • Do not participate in the distribution of meals
    • Do not do any errands outside the place of work
    • Do not do any clerical work
    • Do not accompany patients to other hospitals, elderly homes and other clinics
    • Do not accept the admission of patients after 18.00 hrs
    • Do not do any file preparations
    • Do not answer any telephone calls
    • Do not wear any identification badges

    GGH

    • Do not participate in the washing of patients
    • Do not participate in ward rounds
    • Do not participate in the distribution of meals
    • Do not do any errands outside the place of work
    • Do not participate in transferring patients between wards
    • Do not do any clerical work
    • Do not use the computer or any similar devices
    • Do not do any bloodletting except for oncology patients
    • Do not accompany patients to other hospitals, elderly homes, other clinics and the Courts of Justice
    • Do not order any repairs
    • Do not order consumables and pharmaceuticals
    • Do not accept any extra beds in wards
    • Do not wear any identification badges
    • Do not accompany doctors at the Outpatients Department
    • Do not do any Triage
    • Do not do any Tracking
    • Do not accompany doctors in the Fresh Trauma Clinic
    • Do not leave your ward to give rest to the nurses in other wards during the night duty
    • Nurses are no to attend ambulances for transportation purposes

    SAMOC

    • To continue with current directives

    Further directives will also come into effect on Wednesday in Health Centres and to all Social Workers employed with the Public Service & FMS and all ECG Technicians.

    It is time that all Nurses & Midwives are to stand up to be counted if we really consider that the Nursing & Midwifery professions must be treated with respect being second to no one as we currently have been labelled, said MUMN.