Prime Minister Robert Abela’s statements on COVID-19 yesterday have attracted the ire of a number of healthcare workers, with The Malta Association of Public Health Medicine last night challenging his claim that the virus is now “behind us”. This morning, it was the nurses and midwives’ turn.
In a statement issued earlier today, the Maltese Union of Midwives and Nurses not only expressed their disagreement with the Prime Minister’s claims and announcements yesterday, but also declared them “shocking and careless”.
Reacting to Abela’s claim that COVID-19 is behind us but also to his declarations that the airport will be reopening on 1st July and that some fines for social distancing breaches might be allowed retrospect amnesty, MUMN said the prime minister’s latest decisions were “an insult to healthcare workers”.
Challenging Abela’s government to publish in full the country’s strategy to ease the current restrictions, MUMN went on to say the prime minister is not following the advice of the nation’s healthcare sector.
Speaking on the imminent announcement of the airport reopening, MUMN went on to say all vulnerable and elderly people, along with hospital workers, will be put at needless risk.
“Their life is their own, and no Prime Minister should have a mandate on it.”
Finally, the MUMN blasted Abela’s claim that the virus is behind us, calling the declaration that COVID-19 hast left for good false and absolutely unhelpful to Malta’s healthcare workers, the vulnerable and the elderly.