World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 19 Mar, 2021 03:15 am

Münster University Hospital: Nurse dismissed for criticizing workload

Münster University Hospital: Nurse dismissed for criticizing workload
Münster University Hospital (UKM) has fired a specialist nurse because he drew attention to the disastrous working conditions at the facility.

At the end of last month, several UKM nurses, including the now terminated intensive care nurse, had demanded better working conditions and described their precarious situation on the WDR program Lokalzeit Münsterland.Despite the extreme stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the numerous serious cases in the intensive care units, staff members had been transferred to other units.The employees further wrote that the hospital management’s statement, guaranteeing that intensive care patients could be attended to safely, “does not reflect reality when one considers that every occupied intensive care bed must be attended to by overworked nurses.For example, patients are transferred out of the intensive care unit too early, and with one nurse for 13 patients, professional care cannot be assured.

Georg in Hamburg also recently terminated a nurse for alleged slander after she spoke to the Hamburg Journal about conditions in the hospital’s intensive care units.Too few nursing staff and too many overtime hours remain the order of the day.

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