Elective surgeries have been halted as the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses has stepped up industrial action in Malta’s public hospitals.
The MUMN President said that the latest developments show the lack of respect towards healthcare workers.
This refers to an industrial action ordered by MUMN over the release of Gozitan nurses working in Malta.
Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses repeated the claim that there are no proper contingency plans.
The union issued a notice on Sunday to its members, in which it said that it would not accept that quarantine leave be deducted from the vacation leave of its members. The union lambasted the authorities, saying that the system which was imposed without any consultation could have led to a situation where hospital staff would return to work after arriving in Malta without informing the Human Resources Department of their respective hospitals.
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).
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.