Patients might not be washed in 4 hospitals as of Monday – MUMN

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Patients in four hospitals won’t be washed by nurses if conditions for nurses don’t improve, according to the the Malta Union For Midwives and Nurses (MUMN).

MUMN President Paul Pace said that nurses are facing an unbearable workload. If things don’t improve, the union will be issuing directives as of next Monday which will be enforced in Mater Dei, Saint Vincent de Paul, Karin Grech, and the Gozo General hospitals.

Things escalated when forms issued by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) ordered patients to be assisted while they were eating.

Paul Pace explained that when supervision is ordered for a patient, this would generally require complete attention by a carer or nurse. He said that although hospitals know this, many a time they fail to employ enough carers to meet the demand.

Pace sent an email to Permanent Secretary Joseph Rapa in which he explained that it’s evident that his office didn’t take the necessary action to safeguard nurses from legal repercussions created by the forms.

The directives planned for Monday include nurses not helping with the bathing of patients and patients won’t be helped off their beds.