Were demanding reinstatement of dismissed nurses
NEW DELHI: Nurses at the National Heart Institute here, who have been on strike for over ten days now, returned to work on Wednesday after being assured by the State Health Department and the hospital management that their grievances would be looked into and addressed at the earliest.
The nurses have been demanding that the hospital management take back the 30 nurses who were dismissed recently and that their salaries be hiked. “We have been demanding that the hospital management give us a hike of Rs. 10,000 and provide a better working environment. We are negotiating with the hospital management and got a positive response today,” said a staff nurse at the hospital.
“The problem started after a staff member was dismissed 15 days ago and the hospital management refused to take him back. After this the nursing staff was forced to go on strike. We returned to work today on the assurance that the hospital management would take up our problem on a priority basis,” the staff nurse added.
A senior Health Department official said: “The department has been worried about the series of strikes by nurses and intervened to ensure that patients are not adversely affected by it. We have spoken both to the private hospital owners in the city where strikes have been reported and the representatives of the nursing community asking them to arrive at a consensus. We are looking at ensuring that the nurses are provided a good working environment and a reasonable salary.”