Nurses of the Asian Heart Hospital at Bandra Kurla Complex ended their four-day long strike after the hospital management agreed to their demand of revoking a two-year bond that they had signed.
The hospital said that nurses who have completed two years will be given experience certificates and those who resign before that will be given a letter stating that they have worked at the hospital. But several nurses said that they still want to resign even after their demands have been met because they are tired of working at the hospital. The hospital is not allowing striking nurses to join back without interviewing them again and making them to sign a new contract.
The earlier bond entailed that nurses paid Rs50,000 if they left service before two years. Nurses would not get their original graduation certificate or an experience certificate if they did not pay the amount.
More than 250 nurses went on strike on October 19, after the suicide of Beena Baby, 22, a nurse at the hospital on October 18. Nurses claimed that Baby committed suicide after hospital authorities harassed her because she misplaced a patient's ultrasound report. Hospital authorities denied this.
DrRamakant Panda, director of the hospital said, “Presently, 50 nurses are working. On Saturday, 20 nurses came back to work after we interviewed them. Others are willing to join back and we are in the process of re-interviewing them."
The new two-year bond says nurses will have to deposit Rs10,000 when they join and Rs1,000 will be cut from their salaries every month as further deposit. If nurses quit before the two years, their deposit and the Rs 1,000 that has been deducted for the time they have worked will be forfeited.