Staff stir paralyses NIMS

Striking employees demand implementation of the 6th PRC recommendations

Inpatient facilities, surgeries and other vital facilities like MRI not taken up

HYDERABAD: All the scheduled surgeries covered under Arogyasri, Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), army personnel insurance and general public were postponed without any new dates. Inpatient facilities came to a stand still, as post graduate students struggled to ‘fit-in’ for the nurses. Not a single diagnostic facility was available on Saturday.

Unable to cope up with the rush of patients, because of no staff, doctors asked attenders of the patients to try their luck in the nearby private hospitals and clinics. The medical services of Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) on Saturday were hit badly with 1,400 hospital staff boycotting their duties and going on an indefinite strike.

While doctors and post-graduate students attended duties, the non-faculty employees including technicians, nurses and para-medical staff boycotted duties demanding implementation of recommendations of the sixth Pay Revision Committee (PRC). The striking employees formed NIMS Employees Joint Action Committee (JAC) to hold talks with the hospital management.

The management tried to assuage JAC members on Saturday evening by giving them verbal assurance. “We will not stop our strike till we get written commitment from authorities,” JAC Co-convenor P. Rajkumar said. Patients, however, were the losers because inpatient facilities, surgeries and other vital facilities like MRI were not taken up. “My son was scheduled for dialysis today. Initially doctors asked me to take my son outside. After a lot of pleading and anxious wait, they obliged. There are no nurses and technical staff to handle dialysis machines,” complained T. Appa Rao, whose son was admitted in the nephrology ward of NIMS. It was not as if the NIMS management was caught unawares. “Notices were sent to all concerned including Chief Minister, who is the Chairman of NIMS Executive Board, about a month back,” says Mr. Rajkumar said.

Because it was Saturday, the outpatient services were not affected. “The situation will be grim on Monday when outpatient will resume ,” a NIMs doctor says.

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