Nurses demand better working conditions

March 12, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:32 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Demanding better working conditions and asking the Centre to rollback the deduction in health sector in the 2015 Budget, nurses of government hospitals in Delhi, leaders of nursing associations with private hospitals and representatives from women’s organisation held a meeting in the city to pave the way forward for the nursing community.

Delhi Nurses Union secretary-general G.K. Khurana said: “There was a discussion on why nurses should unite against new recruitment rules in government hospitals that are being pushed through despite protests from our unions. Concerns regarding the new rules include reduction in maximum age limit from 35 years to 30 years. This has been perceived as a huge attack on the nursing community, especially in the context of delayed recruitment in government hospitals, steady contractualisation of nursing jobs and the fact that candidates can enrol in nursing courses like B.Sc. Nursing up till the age of 25 and even 27 years in some cases.

The association has noted that also problematic was the fact that the new recruitment rules six month to 2.5-year experience in a 50-bedded hospital. Arguing against this, Maya John from the Centre for Struggling Women said it will press more qualified nurses into the clutches of private hospitals, where they would have to work to gain the minimum experience required to apply to government hospitals.

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