The Nurses Association, Ludhiana, on Monday held a dharna at the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital against the inquiry report submitted by the deputy commissioner regarding the deaths of newborns and stillbirths, holding staff nurse Rajni responsible in one case.
The protest was supported by Nurses Association, Punjab, and attended by Yogita Sharma, state joint secretary of the association.
The protesters later submitted a memorandum to additional deputy commission Amrit Kaur Gill and medical superintendent Dr Renu.
They questioned that the inquiry report acknowledged that staff nurse Rajni was handling five cases at a time, then how would it be possible for her to inform a doctor with that much work on her hands?
Lovey Kalyan, president of Nurses Association, Ludhiana, said, "Nursing staff is not adequate in the hospital. Only one nurse is forced to work in one shift, who also has to look after the labour room.
Besides there are so many clerical and paper works, which are done by the nurses, leaving them overburdened. But still instead of appreciating their hard work, they are always blamed."
Staff nurse Rajni claimed, "I conducted eight deliveries that night. I had five deliveries at hand at the same time and I was alone on duty, that too after my duty hours. In the case of Jaswinder Kaur, it was a stillbirth and there was no heart beat."
Yogita Sharma, state joint secretary said, "A gynaecologist and a paediatrician should be present at the hospital at all times, as nurses are only supposed to assist the doctors. But in government hospitals, work is left on the nurses, who are already less in number."
Sharma said every delivery was done under the name of the doctor on duty, yet doctors left normal deliveries in the hands of nurses.
The protesters later decided to attend to a patient only after a personal note from the doctor.