"Empowering Patients - Advancing the Profession"
MUMN’s vision is to primarily safeguard the healthcare professionals at their workplace. Our vision is to always be loyal to our members and towards the professions. MUMN offers excellent service to its members and is effective in improving working conditions. We ensure that members will always be represented with integrity and the respect they deserve. MUMN operates in an open, democratic and respectful manner. We will always stand for the members' rights, well being and interests of workers in the workplace. MUMN promsies to continuously work to enhance the quality of working conditions. We will strive to work towards sustaining and promoting healthcare professionals' continuous professional development.
MUMN alleges illegal immigrants are self-harming to be admitted to MCH
The Malta Union for Midwives and Nurses (MUMN) said that it cannot tolerate its members being in more danger in Mount Carmel Hospital because of the “abuse” they suffer at the hands of the illegal immigrants in the detention centres. It alleged migrants were self-harming in order to be taken to Mount Carmel Hospital, and thus, occupying much-needed beds. Later, the union announced that these migrants were being relocated after its complaint. The Commissioner for Mental Health reacted to this saying that it is “grossly unfair” to allege ulterior motives for admission, whilst the Malta Refugee Council called MUMN’s statement “insensitive” to the desperation and fear the migrants live in.
Court limits MUMN’s industrial action
The Court has limited the industrial action by the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses, ordering to withdraw directives which were deemed detrimental to the patient’s wellbeing. On Friday, the court ruled that the industrial action ordered by the union can go ahead except for directives which could place patients’ health at risk. Mr Justice Robert Mangion presiding over the First Hall of the Civil Court also disallowed any action that was to be taken by nurses working at St Vincent De Paul and Karin Grech Rehabilitation Hospital.
Nurses insist on right for industrial action to press for better pay
The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses on Wednesday defended in court a decision to order industrial action, with union chief Paul Pace insisting that nurses should be paid at the same rates as other healthcare professionals.
Is-Sena Internazzjonali tal-Infermiera u l-Qwiebel 2020 Tnedija tal-kanzunetta Lilna Issib – 17 ta’ Novembru, 2020.
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Our administration committee
Florence Nightingale Benevolent Fund
Once you are an MUMN member you may choose to be part of the Florence Nightingale Benevolent Fund. This fund is set up to help healthcare professionals that are passing through a difficult time and need financial assistance.
MUMN Benefits for Members
When joining MUMN, our members will be able to enjoy several benefits that are exclusive to our members.
The Learning Institute for Healthcare Professionals
In 2017, The Learning Institute for Healthcare Professionals was launched within the MUMN. The Committee organizes monthly seminars for our members as well as workshops, seminars and conferences.
Senior Members Group
Once you reach retirement age, you can join our senior member group, the entails one paying a one time fee of 12 euros. You will then me a lifetime member. Members will be updated on MUMN’s latest news. The Senior Group Committee organizes quarterly outings around Malta and Gozo.
Our most recent directives
- Directives to all Nurses working in Theatre MUMN has been informed regarding the SOPs published on Kura and the relative technical checklist regarding the operating table. Such SOPs and technical checklist which we have today and also that might materialise in the future are not in agreement with MUMN. Not to mention that all type of technical checklists imposes medicolegal implications on the theatre nurses. Whoever is issuing such SOPS or technical checklists is going against the interest of the nurses and shows clearly that such documents are done by nurses against our profession. MUMN is informed that the nurses who wrote such documents shifted away all responsibilities to other nurses. Therefore, MUMN is issuing a directive to ignore and not implement any current or future checklists since MUMN is protecting you from medial legal repercussions. One has to note that no consultation with MUMN has ever been done on such checklists so as to conveniently shift the responsibilities on the theatre nurses. Such directive is with immediate effect. Paul Pace President 17th February 2021
- Directives to all Phlebotomists and all DSTs. Although MUMN requested several times a meeting to initiate meetings on the sectoral agreement, MUMN was left without any reply. Not to mention that such meeting has been requested more than three weeks ago. On a different note, MUMN is registering a dispute on the eligibility criteria to apply for DST and phlebotomists. Having “secret” side letters done by a previous union at the detriment of the current work force is not acceptable to MUMN. Both the Health Department and Elderly Division are in desperate need for more phlebotomists while MDH needs more DSTs. The eligibility criteria currently being used by Health Division has to be to the current sectorial Agreement and not to any mysterious side letters of previous unions which were never shown and no member of MUMN (being DSTs or phlebotomists) is aware of. The directives are: As from Tuesday 16th February, all Phlebotomists are not to take urgent blood samples from the wards. As from Tuesday 16th February, all DSTs are not to answer or reply to any phone calls. Therefore, MUMN is issuing directives to both the DSTs and the phlebotomist and such directives will be stopped on the day of the first meeting of the sectorial agreement and to discuss the eligibility criteria for the urgent calls needed to be issued of the DSTs and phlebotomists. The new sectorial agreement will have to address all the confusion and the multiple interpretations which the current sectorial agreement has caused in these last five years at the detriment of the current and future DSTs and phlebotomists. MUMN Exec Council 14th February 2021
- Directive to all Nurses working in SVP and new SVP. The email below was sent to all Nurses working in SVP and in new SVP. The Nursing Administration is ignoring such notice send on the 4thNovember 2020 and is sending nurses in quarantine wards without N95. With the consequence that nurses are to attend the quarantine ward for a further two weeks and exposing other new staff unnecessarily, just to save N95 mask. Therefore, MUMN is issuing a directive irrespective of the threats form Nursing administration, nurses are to refuse to go to quarantine wards without N95 and with the assurance that they can return to their respective ward after their duty. Notice to all Nurses working in SVP and new SVP. (send on the 4th November 2020) It was clear from the onset of the meeting, that the agreed staffing levels are being compromised due quarantine measures imposed by Infection control. Irrespective of any ward put on quarantine, clerks, carers or nurses or charge nurses have to be according to the agreed staffing protocol and such principle is also valid to SVP. If the ward is on quarantine, the new staff which are sent to replace VL, SL or the staff on quarantine leave should be given N95 masks so that all relieving staff will not be constrained to be put on quarantine and can be used in other wards the next day. MUMN will not accept and will issue directives irrespective if the ward has been put on quarantine or not that clerks, carers or nurses are not replaced in any ward being in the new bloke or SVP. All Infection control measures in place should not be at the detriment of staffing levels since the patient care still needs to be delivered. Therefore, MUMN expects that the relieving staff including clerks be provided with N95 so that quarantine measures will be respected but the staffing levels must be according with MUMN agreement. Therefore, as from tomorrow there should be no excuses and relieving staff has to be sent to the quarantine wards to maintain all staff compliment. Hope that is clear to all copied. Awaiting reply. Paul Pace President 9th February 2021
- To all Nurses working in Gynae – Amended Directive re Staff Compliment MUMN has been informed that the fourth nurse is only being provided till midday so as a bypass to the directive existing on force. Then the ward will be then full of patients and the fourth nurse will be removed. MUMN is amending the directive that for admissions to take place 4 nurses FULL day has to be present in the ward from the morning till 7.00 p.m. Paul Pace President 8th February 2021 Directive to all nurses working in Gynae. It is resulting that Gynae is having a reduced nursing compliment of just three nurses every day. Therefore MUMN is issuing a directive with immediate effect that unless four nurses and a nurse in charge are not present, no admissions are to take place during the day. During the night shift three nurse are to be present if admissions are to take place. Paul Pace President 23rd January 2021
- Directives to all Nurses working in PHC. re COVID-19 vaccine Temperature Checking outside the Premises MUMN has been informed that nurses are being ordered by the pharmacists to go outside the Health Centre to check on the temperature of the vaccine and to receive the vaccines in the street outside the Health Centre. There are two issues which result from the “orders” issued by the pharmacists which are not part of the duties of the nurse. The first issue is that it not a nursing duty to take “orders” from pharmacist. The second issue, it is not a nursing duty to check temperature control during transportation, that is responsible of the carrier and it is not a nursing duty to leave their Health Centre, to do any verification in the streets outside the Health Centre. For such reasons, MUMN is issuing a directive with immediate effect, that unless the vaccine is not received into the Health Centre, nurses are not to leave their Health Centre. The ONLY verification which falls under the remit of the nurse is to check the number of vials given by the pharmacists inside the Health Centre. Hope this is clear to all. Paul Pace President 26th January 2021
- Directives to All Charge Nurses & Nurses at SVP & New SVP Extension Dear Colleague, Allow me to inform you that MUMN has been informed that a new group of people are going round the wards in SVP and in the new block of SVP with the result that several verbal warnings are being issued to the Charge Nurses and to other Nurses due to trivial issues. Instead of acknowledging the hard work that these Nurses and Charge Nurses are performing in these sensitive times, we are punishing our heroes!! Nursing is a proud profession and MUMN is not going to allow that employees who does not belong to our profession, attend wards, give orders to our Charge Nurses in result that they are being disciplined on issues that do not pertain to Nurses but to supervisors employed by the private contractor who supplies the food. On this regards MUMN is issuing two industrial directives with immediate effect that the so called “quality assurance” people are to be ignored and that when the so called “orange” boys/girls enter the wards, all Nurses and Charge Nurses are to abandon the ward and do not return back until these employees walk out of the same wards. On a different note, Nurses and Charge Nurses are not responsible on the quantity and quality of the food. Therefore, the second industrial directive is that any checking or any duties related to the quality/quantity of the food is not to be done by any Nurse or Charge Nurse present in all SVP wards and the new block of SVP. It is important that everyone adheres with these Directives so that we safeguard the profession and yourselves. Regards, Colin Galea General Secretary MUMN 2nd February 2021
- Mr. Paul Buttigieg Chief Nursing Manager Mater Dei Hospital Dear Mr. Buttigieg, Allow me to write regarding a sensitive matter occurring at MOT which can easily result in legal repercussions. MOT Nurses are being requested to fill up forms to certify if equipment is functioning well or not. With all due respect this task makes part of a technician's duty and surely not that of a nurse with all the legal implications that this request carries on. In this regard I would like to inform you that MUMN will be issuing an Industrial Directive to all MOT Nurses with immediate effect for not to fill any forms that are related to confirming if any equipment is functioning or not. Regards, Colin Galea General Secretary MUMN 14th August 2020