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State hospital nurses want protection

Umesh Isalkar, The Times of India, April 23, 2011 Pune - About 20,000 nurses working in hospitals run by the state government will go on a day's strike on April 26 to protest against inadequate supply of medicines and medical accessories. "Nurses are the frontline medical staff who bore the brunt of patients and their relatives' ire. Like doctors, we should be protected by law from such attacks. Besides, the government should make available required medicines and clinical paraphernalia as this shortage is preventing us from rendering quality patient-care services," said Anuradha Athavale, president ... State

Nurses strike work after assault by patient's kin

IANS, April 10, 2011 Patna - Hundreds of nurses of Patna Medical College and Hospital in this Bihar capital went on a strike Sunday after some of them were assaulted by the relatives of a patient who had died, an official said. A nurse was seriously injured in the attack. Nurses protested in the hospital premises despite the authorities trying to convince them to resume work. A medical college official said talks were on with the nurses to make them call off their strike. © 2009 sify.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Warangal Nurses Call Off Protest

Health department officials communicated to them that the government would regularize their services. INN, November 9, 2010 Following the assurance given by health department officials that their services would be regularized soon, the agitating nurses of Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Warangal, on Tuesday withdrew their protest. The protesting nurses, who had climbed up an overhead water tank as part of agitation, came down after health department officials communicated to them that the government would regularize their services. ... Warangal

CM hikes salary of 12,361 staff nurses

Express News Service, October 14, 2010 Chennai - Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday hiked the salaries of staff nurses of all grades serving in government hospitals in the state. Apart from this, Karunanidhi also ordered payment of a special allowance of Rs 500 to all nurses. This move would cost the government exchequer an additional expenditure of Rs 15.91 crore and would benefit 12,361 nurses. Meanwhile, Karunanidhi also distributed appointment orders to 1,198 medical professionals like doctors, nurses, compounders and laboratory technicians for various hospitals throughout the State. © Copyright 2008 ExpressBuzz

Scarcity of nurses hits work at SMS

Times of India, October 7, 2010 Jaipur - There are patients lying on the floor, even outside the wards of SMS hospital. The sudden rise in number of patients due to seasonal diseases has added to the chaos at the state's largest multi-specialty hospital, operating on half the required number of nurses. "Sometimes a single nurse has to handle nearly 100 patients. Delay in treatment thus becomes inevitable," says a senior doctor as he admits patients have genuine grievances. "We have to depend upon attendants for most of the post-operative care, training the attendant is much easier than acquiring essential staff ..." Scarcity

Nurses’ strike enters the fourth day

Ranchi Express, August 21, 2010 The emergency services have been badly hit at RIMS, Sadar Hospital and other Government hospitals across the state, as contractual nurses, have also joined the statewide strike called by the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI). Demanding regularization of their pay, setting up of Nursing Directorate, permanent service for contractual nurses, the TNAI went on an indefinite strike on Friday. The Govt has not responded to their demands yet.

Nurses’ strike: enforcement of GESMA challenged in High Court

Indian Express, August 12, 2010 Ahmedabad - The U N Mehta Heart Institute Nursing Association has challenged the enforcement of Gujarat Essential Services Maintenance Act (GESMA), 1972, in the Gujarat High Court, a day after it was invoked on the nurses of the institute who are on a strike since Monday. The hearing on the petition is scheduled for Thursday. Advocate Amrish Patel, who filed the petition, said GESMA was challenged as the notification was without any authority of law. The institute was not a solely government operated body, but only received grant-in-aid. As such, enforcement of GESMA was not applicable under the present circumstances, he said. ... Nurses

Stalemate continues at UN Mehta hospital

Times of India, August 12, 2010 Ahmedabad - The stalemate over the nurses' strike at UN Mehta hospital continued as both the nursing association, as well as, the hospital management stuck to their respective stands. The nurses are learnt to have moved Gujarat High Court against the imposing of ESMA on them. Nearly 250 nurses at the UN Mehta Cardiology Institute been protesting against the non-implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission and a host of other human resource issue. ... Stalemate

Govt invokes ESMA as nurses go on strike

Indian Express, August 11, 2010 Ahmedabad - Nurses say govt turning a blind eye to their long-pending demand of implementing Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. The police on Tuesday rounded up 193 nurses of the U N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre after the state government invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against them. Meanwhile, three nursing staff, including Hiten Patel, president of the newly registered UN Mehta Heart Institute Nursing Association, were put under suspension. ... Govt

UN Mehta nurses detained by police for strike

Times of India, August 10, 2010 Ahmedabad - There was high drama at UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology as 193 striking nurses were detained by police here on Tuesday after the state health department issued notification prohibiting strike in cardiac services under Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). The nurses were threatened with arrest under ESMA but this did not deter the striking staff who were determined to get arrested and not seek bail. The officials consulted higher ups and later showed the nurses as detained under section 144 of the CrPC for violating the police commissioner's order. The nurses were let off in the evening. ... UN

Plans afoot to train 400 nurses

Surbhi Khyati Indian Express, July 30, 2010 Lucknow - In a bid to address the issue of shortage of nurses in hospitals across UP, the state Health department is planning to set up training centres for nurses in all the 18 divisional headquarters. The proposal to set up such centres in the district hospitals has been prepared by the Uttar Pradesh Health System Development Project (UPHSDP) and will be sent to the state government for approval. ... Plans

Paramedical staff threatens strike

Hindustan Times, July 10, 2010 Mumbai - Nurses, ward boys and other paramedical staff will go on indefinite strike from July 14 if the they are not paid revised salaries as per the Sixth Pay Commission. More than 1,000 of such workers from the three major civic hospitals - KEM, Nair and Sion - staged demonstrations on Friday afternoon. The workers’ and nurses’ union representatives served notices to the deans of all three hospitals warning that they will go on indefinite strike if the BMC does not meet their demand. Patients were not inconvenienced as the staff stopped work for only two to three hours. ... Paramedical

Nursing patients and their own wounds too

Times of India, June 23, 2010 "It’s 9.30 PM and attendants sitting by the side of patients in male medical ward number 2 are praying. ‘‘I hope the night passes of peacefully,’’ said RK Shukla whose father is undergoing treatment here. The cause of his concern is other than his father’s ailment. ‘‘There would be no one to attend to him if his condition deteriorates,’’ he rues. At the root of Shukla’s concern stands a major health issue of Uttar Pradesh. Against a need of some 21,000 nurses, there are just 6,000 sanctioned posts, 700 of which are lying vacant. ... Nursing

Nurses protest ‘post transfer’ at AMCH

Ripunjoy Das, Calcutta Telegraph, June 22, 2010 Dibrugarh - The Dibrugarh district unit of the All Assam Nurses Association today alleged that several patients had died recently at the Assam Medical College and Hospital here because of an acute shortage of nursing staff. The association levelled the allegation while protesting against an alleged move by the state health department to transfer 40 posts of nurses on attachment, from the Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, to the newly established Jorhat Medical College and Hospital when the AMCH was plagued by an acute shortage of nursing staff. ... Nurses

AMCH nurses slam authorities on salary issue

Assam Tribune, June 22, 2010 Dibrugarh – The Directorate of Health Services’ alleged attempt to pay the salaries of some 40 appointed nurses of the infant Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) through Assam Medical College and Hospital has come under scathing attack from the nursing fraternity. Through the order, some 40 newly appointed nurses of JMCH were directed to draw salaries from AMCH, according to Junu Chutia, secretary, All Assam Nurses Association, Dibrugarh branch. As a mark of protest, the nurses of the medical institute today rendered their services wearing black badges. The nursing fraternity had also decided to stage demonstration tomorrow ... AMCH

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