MUMN 'satisfied' by Cabinet changes, welcomes new health minister

Nurses’ union issues positive response in reaction to Godfrey Farrugia’s removal as health minister and the appointment of Konrad Mizzi as his successor.

The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses has welcomed the Cabinet reshuffle carried out yesterday by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

The nurses’ union, whose repeated disagreements with outgoing health minister Godfrey Farrugia were made amply clear, said the changes would lead to “substantial improvement” of the health sector.

In a statement, MUMN secretary general Colin Galea thanked outgoing Cabinet members Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Godfrey Farrugia and Franco Mercieca for their work.

“MUMN is looking forward with enthusiasm to work to improve social policy, health and elderly in the best interests of patients, citizens and workers,” the union said.

It congratulated the incoming health (and energy) minister Konrad Mizzi and parliamentary secretaries Michael Farrugia, Chris Fearne and Justyne Caruana for their appointments in the sector.

“We’re certain that together and through social dialogue, we will embark on the roads that will lead us to the much-desired success,” MUMN said.

It also congratulated Coleiro Preca on her nomination as President of the Republic. Coleiro Preca will be the patron of the Florence Nightingale MUMN Benevolent Fund – a fund that helps MUMN members during difficult moments in their personal lives.

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