Intensive Therapy Unit and Oncology Centre nurses will be following union directives as from 1st October after shortage of staff.

In a letter sent to the permanent secretary, MUMN president Paul Pace said that the situation at the ITU and SAMOC collapsed when six patients with COVID-19 were admitted for intensive treatment.

“For those people with no medical background, six COVID-19 cases in ITU means an astronomical workload and the burnout is already being felt among the nursing staff in ITU,” he wrote.

Pace also said that if more staff will not be added to aid ITU nurses by 1st of October, bringing the ratio up to one nurse for each patient, nurses at the ITU will start following directives which include the ambulation and shrouding of patients.

“These directives will affect the care of the patients. MUMN considers ITU a sensitive area where directives must be used as a very last resort. This is the last resort. Therefore, MUMN expects that the health division to treat the workload and vacancies in ITU and SAMOC as their top priority.”