MUMN temporarily lifts directives at Karin Grech Hospital

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Directive on ambulation of patients which were in force at Karin Grech Hospital will be temporarily lifted between 25 and 28 December, the Malta Union For Midwives and Nurses said in a statement on Tuesday.

MUMN President Paul Pace announced that the temporarily lifting of directives currently in force at Karin Grech Hospital was a sign of goodwill by the Union. Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne has intervened as a mediator on the industrial dispute between Steward Health Care and MUMN.

‘With Fearne’s intervention, the proposals which Steward Health Care had to send to MUMN on 31 December 2019 regarding the legal implications on the nurses working at KGH will now reach the Union by 28 December,’ the statement reads.

The industrial dispute which has been dragging around on since March revolved around the number of carers required to look after patients. Last month, nurses were instructed not to move patients which required one-to-one care from their beds into armchairs. Paul Pace had told that nurses working at KGH had a greater work load assigned to them when compared to the number of carers employed in the wards.