"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 and government reach agreement - directives suspended
MUMN and the government have reached an agreement on the union’s requests regarding mass events/organised events and other simultaneous issues related to the working conditions of the healthcare professionals.After a 7 hour marathon negotiations with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister an agreement has been reached. This contrasts with the position taken by the Medical Assiociation of Malta, which decided to go on with its directives.
MUMN to go ahead with industrial action, warns of partial lockdown in a week if high cases continue
The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses will join the Medical Association of Malta in going ahead with their planned industrial action after talks with the government failed to reach a compromise.
In a statement published after the MUMN met Health Minister Chris Fearne, the union said that they had “witnessed a Health Minister who although is not prepared to cancel mass events, seems committed to make sure that mass events which do not abide by the Legal notice issued today will be closed permanently and fined.”
Directives which had to commence on the 3rd August have been temporally suspended. Press Release
MUMN council would like to inform you that today several discussions were held with Minister Fearne regarding the various issues which MUMN has related to the Heath Sector in particular to Covid-19 pandemic.
Nurses to take widespread industrial action unless mass events are banned
Nurses’ union MUMN has given notice of widespread industrial action from Monday unless government bans mass events and addresses grievances related to work conditions
30 nurses in quarantine as government comes under internal pressure over mass event
Labour government faces growing internal pressure to ban mass events as MUMN head says more than 30 nurses are in quarantine because of latest COVID-19 spike
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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
- The situation regarding the warfarin has been left unresolved even though MUMN has tried to resolve the issue through an agreement. The legal aspect must be followed and therefore SVP has to follow the practices used in MDH and in all hospitals regarding the administration of treatment. A directive which is to come into effect from tomorrow the 10th August to all nurses (irrespective of the grade) is as follows. 1. Once the result of the INR is issued, all nurses are to phone the doctor on call to come to the ward to adjust the dose of the Warfarin. 2. This is to be documented into the nursing report. 3. In case the doctor does not come to the ward to adjust the dose of the warfarin, all nurses are not to administer any warfarin. 4. This is important to follow since there is a legal aspect. The dose of the warfarin written in the treatment chart does not reflect the latest result issued. So, the protocol is that to administer any warfarin, the doctor has to come to the ward to prescribed on the treatment chart the new dose of warfarin. 5. Nurses are to refrain from going out of their ward for this purpose or sending any carers with the treatment chart to any specified area indicated by the doctor. Doctors like in all hospitals in Malta and Gozo have a duty to come up to the ward and adjust the dose of warfarin. It is important that all nurses adhere to such directive since the treatment carries a huge legal aspect especially when nurses do not adhere to standard protocol listed above Paul Pace President MUMN 9th August 2020
- It is not acceptable to MUMN that nurses working in SVP are not being allowed to work part time or overtime in other Health Institutions including MDH. This does not hold ground giving the fact that the current Covid numbers are so low both Malta and Gozo. This is then compounded by the fact that all SVP health care workers can go and travel abroad and return to work without swabbing or without any form of quarantine. Not to mention, and this is the crux of the matter, that consultants in MDH and other health care professionals are being allowed to work in other hospitals, seeing their private patients in various clinics without any issues whatsoever. This country cannot run with two weights and two measures even if these Public Health issues. Public Health directions cannot be aimed to one only specific sector at the discrimination of the workers working in that sector. After all SVP nurses did not receive any special remuneration due to Covid. Seeing this type of scenario in the country, MUMN is issuing a directive to all its members working in SVP to work overtime or part time in any health institution they deem fit, including MDH and to continue working in SVP. Such directive is with immediate effect. After all doctors and consultants in MDH were always allowed to continue practising their private practise even in the height of the Covid, let along now having the numbers of covid cases being at a low count. Paul Pace MUMN President 21st July 2020
- Directives to All MUMN Members The Prime Minister is the least concerned for the healthcare work force issues, undermining the success which such work force achieved in the covid crisis. The Prime Minister had been ignoring the interests of the nurses and the healthcare work force from the very beginning of the covid crisis. Smiles and photo shots with nurses were the main facade of the Prime Minister while on the other hand the OPM (Office of the Prime Minister) removed the covid allowance granted by Minister Fearne by utilising a very small group of nurses as to justify the u-turn of the OPM and refused to address nurses' issues who had no child care facilities to send their children during the crisis, just to mention one example. The Office of the Prime Minister even refused to meet MUMN even for an introductory meeting from the very start in his term of office. Contrary to the President of Malta and the Leader of the Opposition, the Prime Minister never had the decency to meet MUMN to recognise the sacrifices and the difficulties of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals had passed through and are still enduring. Our Prime Minister is the ONLY Prime Minister in Europe who is “too busy” to meet the Nurses’ Representatives and was “too busy” to thank the nurses for their contribution. Even the President of America had the decency to meet the Nurses' Representatives and was not “too busy” to meet them. MUMN recognises a 'fools remark' and shows the lack of appreciation and unwarranted arrogance from the OPM. To add insult to injury, the OPM never took heed on the advice of not just MUMN but neither of all the other Healthcare Associations in the country. We are informed that the actions of the Prime Minister for allowing mass events is not in favour of the economy but in favour of a few greedy businessman that are fattening their pockets with money which is more important than the lives of the vulnerable people and the healthcare workers. The Tourism Minister is neither up to her standard. Her skills were put to the test when interviewed by BBC and failed miserably when asked on issues of allowing tourism from high risk countries and mass events. But such a Minister acted most irresponsible by allowing all types of mass gathering and parties by stating to the media “We know what we are doing”. It is clear now with the increase of covid cases, that this Minister, does not know what she is doing. MUMN has been asked to take a stand by its members from across the Health Services. Being the largest union in the health care sector, the pressures of the pandemic are felt mostly by MUMN members. Compared to other European Countries, where nurses and other healthcare frontlines were given financial compensation due to the covid crisis, our nurses and healthcare staff made huge financial losses in their pay roll. Being sent on quarantine, locked in a room for 14 days is a huge sacrifice and not being allowed to take care of your children are just some of the worst sacrifices nurses had to endure. By allowing such mass events to take place accompanied by tourism from high risk countries, such quarantine measures came back to haunt us. Currently more than 30 nurses had to be put back to quarantine due to the irresponsible decisions taken by OPM and by the Tourism Minister. But what is then even worst is that the OPM never allowed the Sunday and Feasts allowance to be retained when health care workers were put under quarantine. Also, on a different aspect, meal allowances are still being denied to GGH, SLH, SVP, MCH, Elderly Homes, Commcare and KGH. On the other hand, discrimination is being done with all MUMN members working 12 hour shifts when vacation leave days are being increased. Till now all MUMN members including nurses, ECG technicians etc., haver lost 12 hours of vacation leave. Therefore, MUMN will not allow further unnecessary sacrifices and discrimination which have fell on deaf ears by OPM. MUMN is therefore requesting that:- 1. All Sunday and feasts allowance will still be granted even when the Nurses and other Health Care Professionals are sent on quarantine leave; 2. Meal allowances to be given to all Health Care Workers working in SVP, Elderly Homes & Commcare, MCH, GGH, KGH and SLH; 3. 12 hours of VL to all Healthcare Workers who are working twelve hour shifts; 4. Employ all Third Country National Nurses through the current open call to address the shortage of nurses; 5. Guarantee of child support that needs to be agreed with MUMN, if closure of schools and child care takes place; 6. Guarantee the cancellation of mass events such as imported parties where no social distancing cannot be maintained. MUMN has vulnerable Health Care Professionals, (not to mention vulnerable people in the society) which MUMN has the duty to protect - Health Care Lives Matters; Failure to guarantee the above long pending issues, MUMN is issuing the following directives across the whole Health Service in Malta and Gozo: As from Monday 3rd August 2020, all Nurses working in SVP, MDH, GGH, KGH, Elderly Homes, SAMOC & MCH are:- 1. Not to wash any patients; 2. Not to ambulate patients to an armchair from a bed and vice versa; 3. Not to accompany patients to X-rays, theatres, out-patients etc; 4. The only forms to be filled by the nurses & midwives are the nursing report, treatment charts, output/input charting, blood glucose monitoring, TPR and Sp02 monitoring; No other forms are to be filled by nurses, physiotherapists, midwives etc. For the Physiotherapist working in SLH, GGH, SVP, MDH and KGH:- Physiotherapists working in SLH are not to see more than three patients face to face per day; Physiotherapists working in the wards of KGH and GGH are not to access new patients and are not to carry out home visits. To all ECG Technician working in all hospitals:- 1. Not to take ECGs which are sent and ordered through the outpatients departments; 2. Not to take any ECGs requested as a review between 5.00 a.m. and 7.00 a.m. MDH Theatre:- 1. Only four theatres are to be used for emergency purposes only. All elective surgery is to be stopped or done without any nurses. All Nurses are to remain in theatre. Primary Health Care Department:- 1. No bloodletting; 2. No plaster. Paul Pace President MUMN 30th July 2020
- Amendment in Directives for Physiotherapists relating to COVID-19 cases MDH Inpatients : Orthopaedic wards : No electives surgery patients to be seen. All other Wards: Only chest patients to be seen . MDH outpatients: only 3 patients daily to be seen face to face by each physio. KGH inpatients: NO new patients to be seen and that includes patients transferred between wards. No home visits outpatients: no more than 3 patients daily to be seen face to face by each physio CDAU no more than 3 patients daily to be seen face to face by each physio SVPR Wards: Only chest patients to be seen. No wards rounds NO home visits Outpatients : not more than 3 face to face patients daily to be seen by each physio MCH: Wards: Only chest patients to be seen. No wards rounds NO home visits NO classes. Outpatients : not more than 3 face to face patients daily to be seen by each physio Primary care: No more than 3 face to face patients daily to be seen by each physio GGH wards: no new patients to be seen Outpatients : no more than 3 face to face patients daily to be seen by each physio. Commcare and Homes No more than 3 face to face patients daily to be seen by each physio Paul Pace MUMN 30th July 2020
- MUMN have made every effort to remove the liability of the Speech Language Liability Forms from all the Nursing Grades. The fact that such forms can lead to nurses being summoned to the Police station, interrogated and taken to court when nurses are not to blame, is unacceptable for MUMN. MUMN had requested that additional carers need to be placed on wards who should be managed not by the MNS/Charge Nurses/Nurses on the ward but by the SLPs Management so that all liability will not be on the nurses. While Steward Health was proactive to give full insurance cover to the nurses even for criminal charges and Steward Health Care even added carers on the wards in KGH. The Health Division (since such issue was being lead by the Health Division and not be the Elderly) found it convenient not to add additional carers (as to save money) and was comfortable to leave the liability on the nurses and not on the Speech Language Pathologists or on the department itself. Therefore, it is important to abide to MUMN directives just as KGH nurses had done on the same issue. The same directives are being issued as KGH. The directive is that from the 26th February 2020, nurses on wards in SVP and all Government homes are not to: 1. Not to Ambulate the patients. Nurses are not to participate in ambulation of patients. 2. All documentation being done during the day is to be stopped. The only documentation to be done is blood glucose charting, nursing report, treatment charting and intake and output charting ONLY. 3. Nurses are not to remove or check any food from patients and their wards. It is not in the job description of the nurse, nor the charge nurse to remove or search for food in the wards if patients are failing to comply to the SLPs forms. 4. The current directive to keep sending the SLPs Forms to the Office of the Perm. Sec is still in force. 5. Nurses are not to go to other wards to replace during break hours during the night. MUMN would be informing all nurses working in the Homes and SVP for any update. Important to comply to the directive since Nurses are not the dumping grounds of any other profession and should not be burdened with additional responsibilities. Paul Pace MUMN President 25th February
- MUMN is issuing a Directive to All the Nurses in Charge at SVP so not to write any list related to washings as requested by management. This list is very unprofessional and unethical. Nurses administer treatment and perform wound dressings at the same time that washings are done. Nurses also wash patients but need to prioritise in their duties according to the patient's interests and not what the supporting staff want. This Directive starts from today and will remain in force until we instruct otherwise. Colin Galea General Secretary MUMN 12th March 2020
- Dear Colleague, We would like to inform you that in the present circumstances MUMN cannot in any way let its members be jeopardised in their line of duty including the nurses employed by Healthmark with regards to the coronavirus situation. With effect from Thursday 26th March 2020 from 7am onwards, the nurses are to follow these Directives: 1. Do not enter any household unless you are wearing a surgical mask when visiting a client who is not on quarantine. 2. Do not enter any household unless you are wearing a N95 mask when visiting a client who is on quarantine. Colin Galea General Secretary MUMN 24th March 2020
- MUMN has no agreement on the Facilitating Potential Covid-19 Client Form. Such form does not make sense since in SVP, there is a stringent nurse allocation system to every cohort of patients and so the nurses do not feel the need to fill any forms related on this issue. MUMN expects that a residence such as SVP should have a stringent nurse allocation system but to have a task orientation form is not acceptable for MUMN. MUMN would like to note that while there is a nurse allocation is in every hospital and residence, such form does not exist in any institution. In fact, MUMN accepted the concept that even breakfast will now change and will be according to the allocation system. Such concept was accepted on the basis that no reduction of staff takes place in any ward. Therefore, MUMN cannot accept nor understand the logistics point of view of such form. Also, such form bears no benefit from an infection control point of view. Therefore, MUMN is issuing a directive to ignore The Facilitating Potential Covid-19 Client Form with immediate effect. Paul Pace MUMN 31st March 2020
- Directive to all Nurses working in Gozo General Hospital The Prime Minister yesterday stated that the Public Health Emergency Declaration that had been enacted due to the Covid-19 is going to be lifted in the coming hours. This implies that the huge sacrifices done by the numerous nurses in GGH who having been temporally transferred from their wards and departments (not to mention change of rosters) besides having their duties changed is to be terminated. MUMN would not allow further sacrifices which now have no justification. Also, GGH has to follow other hospitals in Malta which are retracting various internal transfers of nurses and are reverting back to pre-covid duties. In the light that GGH management is not willingly to transfer back the nurses to their respective wards and give nurses back their pre-covid duties, MUMN is issuing a directive with immediate effect that:- A. All nurses and practise nurses to return to their original pre-covid duties and rosters. The only exemption will be out-patients who will remain operating at Barts Medical School and the E/A Department. This is due to construction works which should be taking place in the coming weeks; B. No nurse is to be removed from his or her workplace. The time of sacrifices is over and MUMN would like to thank all its members for the sterling work done in GGH during the time of the Covid crisis; c. The Orthopaedic Nurses who are reporting to work at St. Anna Ward should report to work at the Orthopaedic Ward on the 1st July 2020. In the meantime, till the end of June, they are to follow these Directives – 1. Do not exceed the total of 16 patients admitted at St. Anna Ward; 2. Do not make use of the Skype or any other same medium; 3. Do not answer any landline telephones; 4. The nurses who used to work at the Orthopaedic Ward and are now reporting to work at the Day Ward should report to work at St. Anna Ward. Paul Pace President MUMN 15th June 2020
- Due to lack of nursing compliment in Downtown Hotel when compared to SVP, MUMN is issuing the following directives: 1) During the night shift, Nurses are not to do any counter signatures when administering the DDA. 2) Nurses are to refrain from using Skype. 3) Nurses are not to reply to any phone calls. 4) Nurses are not to participate in visiting hours. 5) Nurses are not to accompany patients to the outpatients department. 6) Nurses are not to accompany patients to the emergency department. 7) Nurses are not to accept patients with IVI care from GGH. This directive is also due that no resident doctor is on site 24 hours and not just lack of nursing compliment. 8) Nurses are to transfer the current patients with IVI care to GGH. 9) Nurses are not to ride nor make use of the vehicle provided by GGH. All supplies including DDA have to brought from GGH without any involvement of the staff of Hotel Downtown. Such directive will commence on the 16th June 2020 Paul Pace MUMN President 15th June 2020
- The Health Ministry and Steward have invested in the setup of an orthopaedic ward in GGH. Such investment was also done by the Directorate of Nursing in the Health Ministry by providing two batches of nurses from Malta to Gozo so that for the first time GGH will have a dedicated ward specifically for orthopaedic care. Having the orthopaedic ward being permanently used for screening for Covid-19 for admitting patients in GGH defeats the whole concept. Also such alternative use of the orthopaedic ward is not short term but long term. Not to mention that the Male General Ward, Female General Ward, the Day Ward nor any other ward in GGH are the ideal wards to nurse patients after orthopaedic surgery. Therefore, a directive is being issued that as from the 30th June 2020, all wards in GGH are not to accept orthopaedics and trauma. Such patients are to be admitted in the orthopaedic ward with the dedicated staff currently working in St. Anna ward, is to be transferred back to the orthopaedic ward also as from the 30th June 2020. MUMN is allowing till the 30th June, so that GGH management can make the necessary arrangements to relocate the screening of patients from the orthopaedic ward to another area in GGH. In case when the orthopaedic ward is filled up with orthopaedic patients, that trauma cases can be allowed to be admitted in any other ward in GGH. Paul Pace MUMN 23/06/2020