Medical services in government hospitals in the State will be affected on March 27, as the contractual government nurses have decided to take mass leave on that day demanding better pay package and regularisation of services .
President of the All Odisha Contractual Nurses' Association (AOCNA) Sibani Dash said they have already informed authorities about their decision.
Around 2,200 contractual nurses serving under the State government would put forward their leave applications on Saturday. These nurses are serving different Public Health Centres (PHC), Community Health Centres (CHC), three government medical colleges and the district and sub-divisional government hospitals.
Earlier this month these nurses had worn black badges to highlight their demands. They are dissatisfied with their salary and allowances. “We decided to take mass leave for a day as we have not received any concrete written assurance from government regarding our demands,” said Ms. Dash.
According to AOCNA they are major element of health services in the State as the contractual nurses outnumber the nurses who have their jobs regularised in Odisha. Ms. Dash, works in MKCG medical college hospital, said on March 27 they would decide their next course of action regarding their agitation, if government did not take any measures to fulfil their demands by then.
The AOCNA wants further contractual appointment of nurses to be stopped in Odisha and regularisation of all serving contractual nurses. Their other major demand is enhancement of their pay scale as per the recommendation of Central government. According to Ms. Dash they are now getting Rs. 5,200 per month. They want this monthly pay to be hiked to Rs.9,300 along with other allowances.
These contractual nurses pointed out that State government is not following the norms of Central authorities. As per recommendation of the Indian Nursing Council there should not be any contractual nurses in medical college hospitals. But all the three government medical college hospitals have large number of contractual nurses.
This agitation of contractual nurses has the support of Odisha Nursing Employees Association (ONEA).
They are demanding increase in pay and regularisation of services AOCNA wants further contractual appointment of nurses stopped
They are demanding increase in pay and regularisation of services
AOCNA wants further contractual appointment of nurses stopped