Agreement in sight between MUMN and Steward on Karen Grech hospital dispute
MUMN President Paul Pace told TVM that an agreement is in sight in the dispute with Steward Healthcare permitting the Nurses union to remove industrial action directives to carers at Karen Grech hospital.
Recently, relatives of elderly persons contacted TVM to complain about the industrial actions, saying that their elderly relatives were not well treated as they are not being assisted to come out of their beds.
Speaking during a telephone link with TVM, MUMN President Paul Pace expressed the hope that the issue is resolved early next week.
“CEO Nadine Delicata came up with certain suggestions during a telephone call that they are ready to increase the carers and some things in the system. I hope that by next week we reach an agreement so that we remove the directives”, Mr Pace stated.
An elderly patient who spoke with TVM said that nurses informed her that if her husband, who suffers from Parkinsons, comes out of bed, she will have to put him back.
Mr Pace added that the actions continued due to a legal decision against a nurse who was found guilty of a patient’s manslaughter. The patient had choked on food.
“The directives were issued to these professionals who are ordering 1 to 1 care; now we are not having this care from the Steward side and unfortunately when something happens, the legal repercussions fall on the nurses. Currently the Attorney General is about to decide whether to arraign two other nurses in Court.
Contacted by TVM, a Health Ministry spokesperson said that the ministry is following the situation.