Ser­vices hit as strike by nurses of pri­vate hos­pi­tals con­tin­ues

They de­mand pay as per Cen­tral panel rec­om­men­da­tions

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Zubeda Hamid

Nurses of sev­eral pri­vate hos­pi­tals in the city have struck work since Wed­nes­day morn­ing, de­mand­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of a salary rec­om­men­da­tion made by a Cen­tral-level com­mit­tee, fol­low­ing a Supreme Court di­rec­tion. With dozens of res­i­dents hos­pi­talised with fever and dengue, pa­tient care has taken a hit.

The mother of a pre-term baby hos­pi­talised with a lung in­fec­tion at one of the hos­pi­tals where nurses are on strike said the sit­u­a­tion has been ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. “There are only 3 nurses for 30 ba­bies. There are pa­tients here with dengue on ven­ti­la­tors and they are all af­fected. Doc­tors and par­ents are help­ing out, but some par­ents do not know how to han­dle very ill ba­bies. The nurses that are work­ing are sup­port­ive but the sit­u­a­tion is dif­fi­cult,” she said.

Some nurses have been sent in to work to cover emer­gen­cies and for ICU ser­vices at the hos­pi­tals, said Iru­landi M., pres­i­dent of the Global Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion of Tamil Nadu, which has called for the strike.

An­other protest­ing nurse said nurs­ing of­fi­cers as well as nurs­ing as­sis­tants were con­tin­u­ing to work. The nurses al­leged that some man­age­ments had threat­ened to shut down hos­tels. On Wed­nes­day night, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the nurses and man­age­ments had met with the Labour Com­mis­sioner, said Mr. Iru­landi. Fol­low­ing the meet­ing with the Labour Com­mis­sioner, a re­port has been sent to the State Health Sec­re­tary, an of­fi­cial said.

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