More than 20,000 nurses from government hospitals will wear light brown salwar suits and sarees while on duty, officials from the medical education and drugs department confirmed on Tuesday.
The notification has come as a relief to the Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation (MGNF) who have been complaining about the difficulties faced while working in white frocks in busy tertiary care hospitals.
Medha Gadgil, additional chief secretary, medical education and drugs department said, “Considering the demands of the MGNF, the dress code will now be applicable for all Class-2 and Class-3 nurses, working in state government health facilities.”
Officials confirmed that the nurses will still need to wear white aprons on the sarees and block shoes. “It’s mandatory for the nurses to wear a designation bearing belt on the apron,” the government resolution read.
MGNF had filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court five years ago, demanding a change in the traditional white frocks, considering the discomfort while functioning in busy wards. The nurses had said that since many patients usually sleep on the ground, working became difficult for them.
The state government, as per the high court order dated August 20, 2011, had formed a three-member committee, headed by Dr T P Lahane, dean of J J Hospital and Grant Medical College to submit their suggestions. “The final meeting with MGNF representatives was held on August 24, 2015. Officials requested the representatives to withdraw the petition and assured them that a final decision will be taken on the matter soon,” said an official.
After the petition was withdrawn by the MGNF, the committee, in their suggestions, accepted the demands and paved a way for the change in uniform for nurses.