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isabelle.brincat

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,
I AM A NURES WORKING IN A MENTAL NOSPITAL, MOUNT CARMEL HOSPITAL,ATTARD,MALTA. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER OF THE BREAST IN 2004. DUE TO THE TREATMENT I RECIEVED, I SUFFER FROM PERMANENT SWELLING MY RIGHT ARM. I CANNOT PERFORM HEAVY LIFTING OF PATIENTS AS NEEDED IN SOME GERIATRIC WARDS.THE MANAGMENT OF MOUNT CARMEL HOSPITAL, TOLD ME THAT WHEN A NURSE IS ANABLE TO PERFOR ALL DUTIES, HE CAN APPLY FOR THAT NURSE TO BE MEDICALLY BOARDED OUT OF WORK. I PERFORM MY DUTIES WITHOUT ANY DIFFICULTY IN WARDS WHERE THERE THE PATIENTS ARE MOBILE, BUT LIFTING OF PATIENTS CAUSES COMLICATIONS TO MY HEALTH. I FEEL THAT INSPITE OF MY CONDITION, I AM ABLE TO WORK 12 HOUR SHIFTS IN WARDS THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE LIFTING OF PATIENTS AND DO NOT SUFFER COMLICATIONS. IT IS THE HEAVY LIFTING THAT I CANNONT PERFORM. WHY SHOULD I BE MEDICALLY BOARDED OUT AND LIVE ON A 350 EURO INVALIDITY PENSION, WHEN I AM COMPETENT TO WORK IN WARDS THAT I HAVE ALLREADY MENTIONED ABOVE. WITH THE ASSISSTANCE OF THE MALTA UNION OF MIDWIVES AND NURSES, MUMN, THE MANAGMENT NOW HAS TOLD ME THEY WILL TRY TO AVOID SENDING ME TO WORK IN SUCH HEAVY LIFTING WARDS, UNLESS THEY HAVE NO OTHER OPTION. " NO OTHER OPTION", SO THIS MEANS THE MANAGMENT CAN STILL ALLOCATE ME TO WORK IN HEAVY LIFTING WARDS. I WORK AS A RELIEVER, WHICH MEANS I AM ALLOCATWD TO WORK WHERE A NURSE IN A WARD IS ON ie SICK LEAVE. I FEEL THAT I AM BEING DESCRIMINATED, WHEN KNOWING OF A NURSE WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER OF THE BREAST LIKE ME, BUT IN THIS CASE THE MANAGMENT "INVENTED" A POSITION FOR HER TO WORK,( AS HER PLACE OF WORK WAS A GERIATRIC WARD WHERE HEAVVY LIFTING WAS PREFORMED). THIS NURSE WORKS IN THE SAME WARD BUT WAS GIVEN AN UNOFFICAL PROMOTION OF ACTING DEPUTY NURSE, SO SHE WILL NOT HAVE PROBLEMS WITH HER FUTURE HEALTH. KINDLY ADVISE ME,
REGARDS ISABELLE BRINCAT
MALTA, EU

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