MUMN calls for industrial action at the Gozo General Hospital
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The Malta Union of Midwives & Nurses, has said in a statement an agreement had been reached with the Management of the Gozo General Hospital on the implementation and introduction of a new roster on a number of the wards.
MUMN General Secretary Colin Galea said that the Union was due to start using the new roster on the wards yesterday, but were informed that “the management had since received a call from the Ministry of Health, and this implementation was halted.”
“The MUMN can not accept this situation. Every time the Union reaches an agreement, it honours and expect the management involved to do the same,” he said.
Galea added that “this is a very bad precedent and will leave a black mark on the relationship between the MUMN and management of the hospital.”
He argued that, “the management of this hospital is in the responsibility of VGH and at no time there should be interference by the Ministry of Health.”
Colin Galea went on to say that, “in the last two years the MUMN has had a substantial number of meetings and agreements on a many issues with VGH management and they never went back on their word.”
The MUMN said that they will give until Monday, the 5th of February to be notified whether or not this agreement will be honoured.
Failing this the MUMN said that they will start a series of directives beginning in the Operating Theatres