New Year may bring problems for hundreds of patients who are admitted at the state's biggest government-run Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MYH) in Indore, as hospital's nursing staff have warned hospital administration that they would go on an indefinite strike from January 2 if the suspension of two male nurses is not revoked.
MYH is a 1,020-bed hospital and every day around 5,000 patients visit the facility. Notably, on December 11, two male nurses — Ashish Gautam and Pawan Rathore — were suspended after a probe panel found them guilty in a clash with a doctor.
However, the nursing association members supported Gautam and Rathore, terming their suspension as one-sided. They alleged that statements of the male nurses were not taken by the probe committee.
As part of their protest on Friday, nursing staff serving at the various departments of the hospital, staged protest outside MY Hospital main building and remained absent from work for two hours from 9am to 11am. They will continue to abstain from work for two hours daily till January 2.
"We will go on indefinite strike from January 2 if the decision is not revoked," president of the nursing association Ramesh Jaat said. It is to be noted that the probe panel of MGM Medical College, constituted to investigate the case of clash between the male nurses and the doctor, had produced its final report to the dean, recently.
In the probe, the panel found the male nurses guilty and recommended their suspension. Following this, divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey gave his nod to suspend them. Speaking to HT, Jaat alleged that in the matter doctor was also equally responsible and they had proof of that.
"We have CD of the incident and we have already submitted it to the administration. Despite that, administration lodged an FIR against male nurses and suspended them. We have lodge a cross FIR at Sanyogitaganj police station," Jaat said.
Jaat claimed that Ashish Gautam went on leave from December 7 to 22 to attend his father-in-law's cremation at Kota, while Pawan Rathore was on casual leave from December 12 to 15 to attend some family function in Jhalawar. "Probe committee did not intimate any of them to be present before the committee to record their statement on December 11," Jaat added.
"On December 12, Rathore got a call from MYH that he needs be present before the probe panel on December 13 to record his statement. Since, he was on leave, Rathore failed to appear before the panel. However, having failed to record their statement on respective date, they contacted the panel on December 15 to record their statements. But this went in vain as the panel submitted its report on December 11 itself," Jaat informed.