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Using the European Social Cohesion Funds - 1.2 Million Euros allocated to Integrated Care and early discharge in Malta

News: 28/08/2012
The Maltese Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN) proposed project on early discharge (with the objective at reducing the number of patients in the corridors of Mater Dei Hospital) has been approved. As such, the EU is ready to fund Malta 1.2 million euros from the European and Structural Cohesion Funds (ESF) for this project, which aims at: implementing integrated care systems promoting continuity of care based on proactive and personalised community/home-based care; improving the health status and quality of life of the targeted population; and supporting the long-term sustainability and efficiency of the healthcare system in the region targeted. Such project has already been adopted by five European countries and MUMN is in contact with other European countries (namely Spain and Greece) who like Malta, are applying to such project. MUMN is a member of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), itself a member of the steering group of the European Innovative Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, the committee that drafted the Strategic Implementation Plan of the Partnership. The EFN has been advocating for the use of Structural Cohesion Funds (SCF) to advance nursing and healthcare systems. The EFN General Secretary stated that “Malta puts now flesh on the bones! As such the European Innovative Partnership starts getting a meaning for the people working in the field. Nevertheless, this is just the start of a challenging multidisciplinary process."