Health services affected as 500 employees go on strike

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2015 22:48 IST

The agitation of National Health Mission (NHM) employees has adversely affected health services here.Pre-natal and anti-natal services are worst hit by the strike.

Institutional deliveries, immunisation programme, ambulance-cum-mobile medical unit services, birth and death certification and various other medical services are suffering as the entire NHM staff, including doctors, auxiliary midwives (ANMs), staff nurses, laboratory technicians, programme officers and clerks, are on strike in protest against the state government’s “irrational” rationalisation of their salaries.

Online reporting of NHM schemes is also at a standstill since March 13 when the employees went on strike. As a result, mandatory grants to the tune of crores, which was received early in March, could not be utilised.

Working of village health sanitation and nutrition committees is also suffering.

District programme manager Mohammed Asif revealed that more than 500 employees working under NHM in the district had boycotted their work.

On Tuesday, a rally was organised in front of the civil surgeon’s office. The protesting staff alleged that due to restructuring, their salaries had actually decreased and they would not be able to get increments.

The government had put on hold its orders following objections raised by them, but it was delaying talks with union leaders to permanently resolve the issue, they added.

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