The Malta Union of Midwives and Teachers (MUMN) revealed that it is prepared to call a strike among nurses if the charges against a Mount Carmel nurse and Mount Carmel manager Joseph Pace are not dropped.
Speaking to the Malta Independent, President of the union Paul Pace said that directives will be issued by the MUMN should the situation remain unchanged. The case involves a patient who had been ordered to be under one-on-one supervision.
However, due to the overwhelming staff shortages, no staff was available in MCH to conduct the supervision. For this reason, the patient inflicted self-harm and lost great amounts of blood.
The patient was thankfully immediately saved by nurses, including Joseph Pace himself. However, the nurse is being charged with criminal misconduct after the patient hurt himself due to no nurse or carer being available.
“Nurses cannot continue to be painted as criminals after doing their jobs against all odds for something which is beyond our responsibility,” Pace said. “What happened to Pace can happen to any other nurse, and we do not have the protection from the government for things we are not responsible for,” Pace said.
The nurse could face serious consequences if he is brought before the courts, risking being interdicted. Pace revealed that harsh directives are on the table and that the union will not hesitate to call a strike.