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Three more ESIC hospital staff suspended on Day 6 of protest

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, October 16, 2013
First Published: 19:02 IST(16/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:03 IST(16/10/2013)

Three more protesting employees, including the employees' union leader at ESIC Model Hospital, were suspended on Wednesday.

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The employees' opposition against alleged unfair work orders by authorities has led to suspension of five employees in the past two days.

Following the suspension orders of Ramandeep Kaur, president of ESIC Employees Union, and pharmacists Abhishek and Deepak Kumar, the union members intensified their protest on Day 6.

The protesters burnt the effigies of medical superintendent Dr PL Chaudhary and joint director PK Narula, who was transferred recently.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader DP Maur came forward to support the protesting employees.
Ramandeep Kaur alleged that the transferred joint director, PK Narula, had issued unfair orders that nurses should change bedsheets and take them to the laundry. Following these orders, the medical staff had been staging protests since Friday, she said, adding that a meeting was held with the hospital officials, but in vain.

Suspended pharmacist Abhishekh said, “I was suspended, along with other two employees, without any reason. We were just supporting the union members. Over 2,000 patients visit the OPD daily, but four posts of pharmacists remain vacant, due to which they are forced to overwork.”

Meanwhile, due to the strike, the services at the hospital were affected, and many patients had to wait for hours to get medicines from pharmacy as pharmacists were also supporting the nursing employees in their protest.

Medical superintendent Dr PL Chaudhary appealed to protesters to resume their services first.

“I am willing to sort out all matters, but they have to get back to work first, following which I will reconsider the suspension orders,” she added.

On Tuesday, Dr Chaudhary had warned the protesting employees that if they violated the hospital norms, they would face disciplinary action.

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