The strike by nurses and the ancillary staff demanding regularisation of their jobs has adversely affected medical services at the Rajindra hospital here.
Different wards of the hospital are being run by students of nursing courses.
The college offers two nursing courses; BSc and post-graduation in nursing.
The students, except BSc first year students, are performing duties of the nursing staff in attending the patients and assisting doctors. The nursing students have also been called from other institutes and have been working here since the first week of June.
“We have to do almost double duty. Earlier, our shift was for four hours, and now we are working for seven hours. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to handle the situation due to lack of experience,” said a nursing student. “Nursing students are also taking care of work in emergency wards. Still there is a shortage of nurses in the hospital,” said a doctor.
“There are 18 patients in our ward and only a single nursing student is attending to all the patients. The hospital staff should ensure proper care by the students in the absence of experienced nursing staff,” said Hari Lal, a relative of a patient.
BS Brar, medical superintendent (MS), said, “We have issued instructions to the doctors to cooperate with the intern students for smooth working. We have also cancelled leave of the regular staff to ensure proper care of the patients.”
‘Will continue strike till Oct 19’
Karamjit Kaur, president, Nurses and Ancillary Staff Union, said, “We have been working on contractual basis for many years. We are demanding regular jobs with proper pay scales like the regular nursing staff. The officials concerned have assured us of accept our demand by October 19. Till then we will continue our strike. ”