The strike by paramedical and nursing staff demanding regular jobs entered its 22nd day on Wednesday, hampering the regular functioning of the Guru Nanak Dev hospital on Majithia Road.
The contractual staff is on an indefinite strike until their demands are met by the state government. Protesters have blocked the OPD as well as the operation theatre to express their displeasure over the situation.
Amandeep Singh from Punjab theka adhar nursing and paramedical employees association, said, “Patients are having to bear the brunt, and are not receiving proper care. People have to work overtime to compensate for those who are on strike,” adding, “About 150 members of the staff have gone to Patiala to support the protest by nurses over there. We want what is rightfully ours.”
Ram Dev, a patient’s relative, said, “There is a shortage of staff and attendants are taking care of the patients. The problems will only increase if this goes on.”
A nurse, on condition of anonymity, said though there were regular staff members managing the hospital, the available staff had to work in different shifts, along with managing their weekly offs. It has become difficult for the regular staff to pull through as well, she added.
Medical superintendent Dr Ram Sarup said, “We have been managing the hospital with regular staff, but such it has obviously impacted the normal goings-on in the hospital. I hope there is a solution in place and people return to their jobs.”