The Office of the Ombudsman closely monitors the ongoing industrial action instituted by the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN) across Malta’s public hospitals and healthcare facilities.
We recognise the fundamental right of healthcare professionals, including nurses and midwives, to engage in industrial action as a means to voice their grievances and seek a fair resolution. At the same time, we urge the Ministry for Health and the MUMN to exercise caution and ensure that patients are not unduly affected by the industrial action. The welfare of individuals who rely on the Maltese healthcare system for essential care and support must be considered a top priority for all parties concerned.
We call upon both parties to engage in open and constructive dialogue to resolve the issues involved. It is crucial that both parties work together to address the concerns and find solutions while ensuring that the continued provision of healthcare services to the public is maintained.
The Commissioner for Health encourages the Ministry for Health and the MUMN to work collaboratively towards a solution that respects the rights and well-being of healthcare professionals and patients.
This Office will continue to closely monitor the situation and stand ready to offer any necessary assistance to facilitate prompt and fair resolution of disputes ensuring that the interests of all stakeholders are fairly represented.