Cardinal backs nurses’ demand for minimum wages

KOCHI: Minimum wages as determined by the government should be ensured for nurses in the private sector, said Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, on Monday.

In a statement, he said unless all hospitals run by the Catholic Church paid the stipulated wages to nurses, they need not encourage setting apart funds for charity. He was inaugurating the Syro-Malabar Church Day festivities at Mount St. Thomas at Kakkanad here.

He hoped that hospitals under the Catholic Church were paying nurses as reasonably as possible. “However, a statement in this regard has become necessary in the backdrop of complaints about nurses not getting even reasonable pay,” he added.

Without going into the merits of nurses’ demands, he said it was just that they got proper wages for patient care.

Hospitals run by the Catholic Church had made their stand clear when wage revisions were recommended by the committee concerned. “All other hospital managements should take similar stand,” the Cardinal said.

Dr. Alencherry demanded that the government decide soon on wages of nurses in view of the ongoing strike. “The government and other agencies concerned should also discuss and bring about a solution to issues involved in the running of small hospitals,” he added.

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