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Exhorting nurses: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurating a public meeting organised in connection with the 52nd State conference of the Kerala Government Nurses’ Association at Kottayam on Friday.
Exhorting nurses: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurating a public meeting organised in connection with the 52nd State conference of the Kerala Government Nurses’ Association at Kottayam on Friday.

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Chief Minister addresses the State meet of nurses

KOTTAYAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has called upon the new generation among the nursing fraternity to take up the new challenges facing them.

Addressing the public meeting organised in connection with the 52nd State conference of the Kerala Government Nurses Association here on Friday, the Chief Minister said the facilities they were enjoying were the results of the struggles their previous generation had taken up during the past decades.

He called upon the young generation not to forget about the struggles their seniors had to take up and said that they should make use of their services.

There was a time when the nursing profession was looked down. However, today it has turned into a sector which provides jobs to thousands of men and women, not only at the local or national level, but internationally, he said. Moreover, nursing has turned into a profession that is being respected by the society, he said.

According to him, the dominance of the private sector has generated many areas of concern especially in States like Karnataka and Maharashtra where institutions imparting training and employment were perpetrators of exploitation.

He reminded them that the Left government in the State had always taken special care to be sensitive to their interests and called upon the new generation of nurses to take up issues like the lack of minimum wages in many of the private hospitals, the failure to implement eight hour duty at hospitals and to ensure decent service conditions for nurses.

P.K. Thampi, general secretary, KGNA, O.S. Molly, KGNA and others spoke on the occasion

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