MUMN re­quests pro­tec­tion for nurses out­side of hos­pi­tal from Home Af­fairs Min­istry

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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