Ba­tra hos­pi­tal nurses on strike, de­mand bet­ter work con­di­tions

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Over 350 nurses of the Ba­tra hospi­tals went on a strike on Fri­day to de­mand bet­ter work con­di­tions as per the ‘Na­tional Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board for Hospi­tals (and Health­care Providers)’ NABH norms. The strike which started Fri­day morn­ing saw hun­dreds of nurses sit­ting at the gate of the hos­pi­tal thus af­fect­ing pa­tient care.

The nurses have al­leged that there is a huge short­age of staff and the nurses are be­ing forced to work over­time. In the bid to have bet­ter work con­di­tions the nurses union have put forth some ba­sic de­mands in­clud­ing main­te­nance of nurse-pa­tient ra­tio as per the NABH norms; min­i­mum wages as per the Supreme Court rec­om­men­da­tion; curb on sex­ual dis­crim­i­na­tion; im­ple­men­ta­tion the ma­ter­nity leave pol­icy; ESI and in­sur­ance cov­er­age, and an­nual in­cre­ments and bonuses.

“For a 500 bed­ded hos­pi­tal, there is a huge short­age of nurse. We are made to work over­time on most days and are not even paid for the ex­tra work­ing hours that are put in. We are de­nied ba­sic priv­i­leges in­clud­ing salary in­cre­ments or in­sur­ance lead­ing to nurses’ ex­ploita­tion thus caus­ing men­tal ha­rass­ment,” said Shee­tal

Ma­lik, Nurs­ing staff.

Nurses have also re­it­er­ated that they had put across their de­mands to the hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion over 15 days back but due to to­tal ig­no­rance of their re­quests, they had no op­tion but to go on an in­def­i­nite strike de­mand­ing their rights.

“We have taken care of most of their de­mands and are look­ing into the re­main­ing re­quests. We are happy to dis­cuss this with them and make sure that the strike

ends soon as the pa­tients are suf­fer­ing due to the lack of nurses,” said Vipul Sood, Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor, Ba­tra Hospi­tals. The nurses are de­mand­ing that the prin­ci­ple of “same work, same pay” should be im­ple­mented, and all ben­e­fits in­clud­ing ma­ter­nity ben­e­fits should be made avail­able. “Nurses are be­ing ex­ploited for their work. We will con­tinue our de­mands un­til they are heard,” said Lak­shmi Ku­mari, Nurs­ing staff.

Nurses sit­ting on a strike out­side the Ba­tra hos­pi­tal

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