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Holi incident at UHM Hospital takes new turn

THE DISPUTE over putting colours on nurses by class IV employees of the UHM Hospital took a new turn on Saturday when the class IV employees? association, Chikitsha Avam Swasth Sangh, also threatened to go on strike.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 00:32 IST

THE DISPUTE over putting colours on nurses by class IV employees of the UHM Hospital took a new turn on Saturday when the class IV employees’ association, Chikitsha Avam Swasth Sangh, also threatened to go on strike.

The Nurses Association, in protest against the conduct of the class IV employees on the occasion of Holi, threatened to go on strike.

The Nurses Association is demanding immediate transfer of a class IV employee of the hospital who had tried to put colours on some nursing students who were staying in their rest room, in the hospital.

The members of Chikitsha Avam Swasth Sangh claimed that when a compromise formula was struck between the two parties, why did the nurses threaten to go on strike demanding the transfer of a class IV employee. Besides, the class IV employees association alleged that a three-member committee, comprising senior doctors, formed to inquire into the incident, was working with prejudices.

They said that this was clearly evident from the fact that on Saturday when the probe panel was registering the statement, they called upon the accused employee on behalf of the husband of a nurse with whom the accused had an altercation on March 15. During the inquiry, the office-bearer of the Nurses’ Association were present. According to the class IV employees, this was against the spirit of a fair inquiry.

Before entering the rest room on the day of Holi, the class IV employees confronted with Dr RP Gupta, husband of a staff nurse. Following the incident, Dr Gupta had registered a complaint at Kotwali police station. Later, in the evening, the nurses and class IV employees reached an amicable settlement.

When Kotwali Inspector Ravi Kant Parashar was asked to comment on the issue, he said, “The accused tendered an apology and the doctor concerned had also agreed to the settlement ”

However, the three-member inquiry team comprising Dr GP Gupta, Dr Mahaveer Prasad and Dr UC Sinha held a closed door meeting at the operation theatre of the hospital with the accused class IV employee and members of Nurses Association.

In the meeting, the statement of the accused employee was registered and nurses were asked to make their demand clear. One of nurses said, “We wanted the employee concerned should be transferred from the hospital.

To this demand, one of the committee members replied that they were not in a position to transfer the employee. Interestingly, some of the employees found that the inquiry team members, after taking the statement of the accused, started enjoying snacks with nurses. This infuriated president of the Chikitsha Avam Swastha Sangh Mohd Zaki.