A six-member delegation of the All India Nurses Association met governor K Sankaranarayanan on Friday to demand the setting up of a committee to reassess the working conditions of nurses in private hospitals across Mumbai.
The meeting followed the nurses' strike that was triggered after Beena Baby, a nurse from the Asian Heart Institute (AHI), Bandra-Kurla Complex, committed suicide on October 18.
The association submitted a memorandum of demands regarding salary, better
working conditions and elimination of the bond system to the governor.
The nurses want salaries at par with those at government hospital, formation of a separate nurses forum at every private hospital and discontinuation of the bond system where academic certificates are with hospital authorities till the end of the bond period.
The association has also alleged that some of the experience certificates given to the nurses by the Asian Heart Institute are not genuine as the signatures differ.
Dr Ramakant Panda, director, AHI, refuted the allegation. "The issue of the signature raised by the nurses is unfounded. The nursing director changed her signature some time ago and the same is present on her passbook and is an authentic one," he said.