Mater Dei Hospital 'worthless' medicine robots
Occurred: August 2021
Two robots tasked with distributing medicine across Mater Dei Hospital in Malta have been criticised by the country's nurses union for repeatedly breaking down and stocking the wrong drugs, describing them as 'worthless' and a 'complete failure'. The system was reported to fail frequently in providing the correct medicine dosages to patients.
Malta health minister Chris Fearne defended the introduction of the machines by saying they would increase efficiency and they were meant to help and not replace nurses. However, the union claims eight nurses in one ward have resigned since the robots' were introduced, with the rest demanding to be transferred.
Operator: Mater Dei Hospital
Sector: Gov - health
Purpose: Distribute medicines
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Employment - jobs
Transparency: Governance; Complaints/appeals
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Published: August 2021