MUMN requests protection for nurses outside of hospital from Home Affairs Ministry
The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses has requested the intervention of the Home Affairs Ministry to protect nurses carrying out their duties outside of hospital.
It described a “shocking” incident which took place on Tuesday, when a nurse from the emergency department was abused while assisting two patients, an Italian man and an African girl in Marsa following a traffic accident. According to the press release, the police were informed of the incident but had not arrived by the time the ambulance arrived. A second call was made by the ambulance for the police to provide assistance but they did not arrive until 40 minutes after the second call had been made.
Police confirmed that they were going down and in the meantime, a group of African men, many of who seemed intoxicated, climbed onto the van and began using threatening and abusive language against the female nurse. They allegedly also threatened the Italian patient.
“The MUMN cannot accept this situation where nurses are being abused while carrying out their duties. The same situation is happening when nurses are sent to Paceville without any police protection.”
It is requesting that the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security step in and provide protection.