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10/04/2012 - 23:13

Malta news: nursing posts

Malta news: nursing posts -BJ’s Music Marathon - 303 applications for nursing posts - EU allocates €41.5m for Malta's new cancer hospital.

Malta news: nursing posts
BJ’s Music Marathon
The annual BJ’s Live Music Marathon kicked off at 6pm yesterday evening and will run until 4am on 16 April. President George Abela launched the event, the aim of which on the social and cultural side is the preservation of live music as a form of entertainment, and on the philanthropic side to collect money for WOW (Wishing Others Well), the social arm of Paceville’s Millennium Chapel. This popular music marathon has been held for more than 20 years and over €300,000 has been raised for different charitable causes. The following musicians and bands have already confirmed their participation: Fire, Fakawi, Sigo, The Quacks (doctors’ band), Mike Spiteri, Corazon Band, The BJ’s Clique with Paul Giordimaina, Patrick and Louisa, Kevin and Karen, Billy Lee, Aces Shade, I’m not Johnny Cash, Mikela, Godwin Lucas and his Funk Band with Edward Ellul, Petra, Nadine Axisa, The JC Blues Band, Branded, Salsa Sundays, The Unheard Of, Alex Manché and Sammy Murgo, George Curmi Pusse Band, Rise, Quicksand, Footprints, Antz Walking, Infinite Loop and Iskay.  A rock mass will be also held at BJ’s on Sunday, 15 April starting at 10.30am, at which Maltese Christian rock band Footprints will perform. BJ’s has undergone extensive refurbishment and is equipped with state-of-the-art amplification and instruments to accommodate all types of gigs.  Donations have already started being made through the following SMS numbers: 5061 7378 for €2.33, 5061 8976 for €4.66, 5061 8901 for €6.99.(independent.com.mt)The event is to promote cultural.

303 applications for nursing posts
A total of 303 people have applied for the post of nurses, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry has confirmed, after a call for applications that opened in February closed recently. The figure includes around 200 students who are in their third of fourth years of studies at the University of Malta, along with other prospective nurses who could already have been engaged with the Health Department in the past. The figure of nursing students soon to finish their studies is this year higher than in past years because the four year course has been revised and shortened to three years. Consequently, there will be four cohorts of students; two from the four-year degree and diploma courses respectively, and another two from the three-year degree and diploma courses, who are also in their final year. At this point no one can say how many nurses will actually be engaged in summer, because most still need to sit for both written and practical final exams, but the new nurses should address the shortage at public hospitals significantly. The spokesperson said once they finish their studies, all nursing students are “fit for practice” and as such do not need additional training because each student would have successfully completed 2,300 hours of clinical practice. This requirement is imposed by the EU Directive for Nurse Training. The shortage of nurses has been a challenge the government and the nurses union have been facing for long. As a result, a number of promotional campaigns were carried out.(independent.com.mt) It changes our habit of seeing in the press that jobs are free and that the economy works.

EU allocates €41.5m for Malta's new cancer hospital
The European Union has allocated €41.5 million for Malta's new Oncology Centre, currently being built alongside Mater Dei Hospital. The centre will cost €60m. The funding follows a specific decision by the European Commission. The money will be allocated through the European Regional Development (ERDF) Fund under the Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life programme. Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said: "I am delighted to see that the green light has been given to this excellent facility, which will benefit the lives of so many of Malta's citizens. Figures show that cancer accounts for some 25 % of deaths in Malta and we must use EU investment to achieve concrete results and move in the right direction." The so-called "major projects" whose total public funding is above EUR 50 million are subject to a specific decision by the European Commission (other types of projects are approved at the national or regional level). The ERDF will invest   €41.5 million in the Msida Oncology Centre – making up 85 % of the total cost of this project. The centre will have 74 in-patient beds, including 16 for palliative care and 10 for children and adolescents. Covering an area of 11,200 square metres, the centre will be developed in three phases and be connected to Mater Dei through a tunnel and a bridge.(timesofmalta.com) Oncology is not an area to neglect.

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