Nurses' strike postponed till Jul 19

Fernando Stephens
July 15, 2017

However, hospital managements sought government intervention to tide over the situation.

"We will eventually be forced to pass the burden to patients if we hike the wages as demanded by the nurses", representatives of Association of Healthcare Providers India had said in a press meet on Thursday. If the nurses went on an indefinite strike, the health services in the private sector would come to a grinding halt, he said.

Instead, an IRC was appointed to fix minimum wages for nurses and other hospital staff.Suggested wagesMinimum wages were declared for private sector nurses for the first time in May 2013, when their salary were fixed at?12,000-13,500. "We expect 20-30 per cent of the nurses to report for work on Monday", said Dr Rasheed of KPHA, which has about 740 hospitals under its umbrella.

The High Court, which was hearing a petition filed by an association of private hospital managements, stated that nurses were playing with the lives of people through their protests.

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"The proposed indefinite strike by the nursing unions in a large number of hospitals will cripple emergency services, operation theatres, Intensive Care Units and dialysis units of many hospitals". The decision to not go on indefinite strike till July 19, was taken at the state committee meeting of United Nurses Association (UNA) held here.

Health care sector in Kerala is likely to be crippled at the height of on-going fever epidemic as almost 80,000 nurses working in private hospitals chose to go on indefinite strike from July 17 demanding higher wages.

The government hospitals alone could not cater to the need of society.

"We have decided not to shut down hospitals but to offer the best available treatment facilities with the available staff", said Hussain Koya Thangal, state secretary of KPHA.

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