Nurses’ Union Industrial Action given green light | Malta News Briefing – July 4

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Times of Malta says a lawyer assisting a former senior official at Pilatus Bank who is facing money laundering charges has questioned why third parties linked to the same alleged wrongdoing were still being “investigated” but had not been charged. 

MaltaToday says the nurses’ union can go ahead with industrial action after a judge determined on Monday that directives ordered by the union do not endanger patients’ lives.

Newsbook says former PN leader Adrian Delia is one of five Opposition MPs demanding a free vote on the IFV law amendments that allow genetic testing on embryos before implantation.

TVM says a 66-year-old woman tragically lost her life while swimming in the area of Triq Dawret il-Gżejjer, in Bugibba.

Latest update- 12.30

Nurses’ action back on after judge lifts injunction: On Monday, a judge lifted a temporary injunction on directives set by the nurses’ union. The court ruled that the industrial action ordered by the nurses’ union will not jeopardize patients’ lives and can proceed. The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses’ claims that the orders it issued to its members did not jeopardize patient care and were instead intended to solve a protracted personnel shortage that was endangering patients and taxing its members. The judge concluded that neither the applicant’s request for an injunction nor the MUMN’s announced industrial activities appear to be against the law.

Covid-19 update: There were 488 new cases of Covid-19 as the number of active cases now stands at 7,374. No one died and 775 people recovered.

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