Malta -Doctors and nurses unions dispute over overcrowded hospitals -March 27, 2012

In a dispute over overcrowding and work pressure in hospitals, the doctors and nurses unions have come to opposite positions. In the end of February, an agreement with the Medical Association of Malta, representing doctors, to add beds to hospital wards to accommodate the increased number of patients requiring intensive care was overturned by an agreement with the nurses and midwives association MUMN, who protested that nurses were already overworked. MUMN has also drawn attention to the understaffing among nurses in operating theatres, whose numbers have not increased despite a 10% increase in operations through consultants.

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