Striking nurses demand among others regularisation of their services
Nurses protest demanding regularisation of their jobs at Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad on Saturday
Hyderabad: Two hundred contract nurses in Gandhi Hospital, who were agitating to press for their demands for the past one week, have gone on strike from Saturday and also launch indefinite fast. One of the nurses, who among the 15-member delegation, felt giddy and fell down while protesting on the eight floor on Saturday.
The agitating nurses alleged that the authorities were not allowing some nurses to join them. D Pramila, Secretary, Telangana Medical Contract Employees Workers Union said, “Last year in the month of June too we went on strike and were promised that our services would be regularised. We were fooled. This time we are determined and will not join duty unless the government takes a decision.”
Presently, a contract nurse gets a salary of Rs 17,500 inclusive of Provident Fund. Revathi, a nurse, said the nurses have been working for more than 10 years. While regular nurses take home close to Rs 60,000, we do the same job but are paid a pittance.
Nurses from MNJ Cancer Hospital, Niloufer Hospital, ESI Hospital and others assembled at the Gandhi Hospital to show solidarity with the striking nurses. Shashikala, a nurse of MNJ Cancer Hospital, said there were 40 contract nurses at MNJ and there are more than 200 vacancies, but the government is not filling the vacancies and regularise staff.
Niloufer Hospital nurses, numbering 29, said there are 500 vacancies with new blocks being added to the hospital and the government needs to fill the vacancies. Similarly, there are vacancies in ESI Nacharam too.
Gandhi Hospital nurses said the government before issuing a notification for recruiting nurses should first regularise the 200 contract nurses and should not expect them to write an examination. Pramila said, “We have more than 10 years experience and should not be equated with newcomers.”