Strike paralyses services at NIMS

Striking workers lock operation theatres, labs and prevent doctors from entering hospital

HYDERABAD: The paramedical and nursing staff strike at Nizams institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) has crippled medical services in the hospital. The strike, which entered seventh day on Wednesday, has left patients fuming and with little options but to visit the nearby private hospitals and clinics.

On Wednesday, in a brazen move, the striking hospital workers locked several operation theatres, diagnostic laboratories and inpatient wards to prevent doctors and patients from entering. The worst affected were the CGHS and Arogyasri beneficiaries, who were asked to go to other listed hospitals.

“Patients are the losers due to the standoff. The MRI and other scanning facilities in the radiology department are closed. They are asking us to go out for the scans. The laboratories located near NIMS are demanding more than the usual,” fumes Manikeshwar Reddy, a regular to the NIMS nephrology department.

The surgeries of various departments covered under Arogyasri and CGHS schemes have been postponed indefinitely. The outpatient facilities, however, functioned normally because of the presence of post-graduate students.

“They are not admitting patients. My child is sick with fever and I hoped that they would admit him. The doctors in the general medicine outpatient department told us to take the kid to private clinics,” complains T. Ravi, a resident of Erragadda.

The 1,400 employees, including nurses, paramedical staff and lab technicians, are on strike demanding implementation of the recommendations of sixth Pay Revision Committee (PRC). The striking employees have formed NIMS Employees Joint Action Committee to hold talks with the authorities. “We have received lot of support from various political parties. The PRC recommendations have already been implemented in AIMS ,” says JAC Co-convenor P. Rajkumar.

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