Patients start shifting to private hospitals

Published on Mar 27, 2006 12:34 AM IST

Patients continued to suffer as the state-wide agitation of nurses entered the third day on Sunday. After Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital, Moti Lal Nehru District (Colvin) Hospital also stopped admission of serious patients. The patients admitted to the SRNH, Colvin and Beli Hospitals have also started shifting to the private hospitals in the absence of nurses in the evening and night shift. Many surgeries are also being postponed at these hospitals. The emergency services are also getting badly affected in the district due to nurses agitation.

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None | ByHT Live Correspondent, Allahabad

Patients continued to suffer as the state-wide agitation of nurses entered the third day on Sunday.

After Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital, Moti Lal Nehru District (Colvin) Hospital also stopped admission of serious patients. The patients admitted to the SRNH, Colvin and Beli Hospitals have also started shifting to the private hospitals in the absence of nurses in the evening and night shift. Many surgeries are also being postponed at these hospitals. The emergency services are also getting badly affected in the district due to nurses agitation. 

The wards in the SRN Hospital wore a deserted look on Sunday as most of the serious patients have already shifted to other hospitals. The remaining patients had a tough time in getting medicines and other items from the hospital as most of specially deputed pharmacists and trainee pharmacists were also on Sunday holiday.

Meanwhile unconcerned of patients' suffering the nurses' association has decided to go on an indefinite strike from April 25. "We are not going to accept the promise bate offered by the state government. We want the GO in context of our six-point demands and till that time we will continue to do only one shift," said president of district nurses association Safia Khatun.

She said that in 2005 there were about 6,000 nurses in whole of UP. This year the number has reduced to 5,000 due to large-scale retirement and promotion of nurses. Due to which the nurses are overburdened and can only do only one shift, she added.

 "On April 10 we have also decided to stage dharna at the Swasthya Bhawan, Lucknow. It will be followed by gherao of the Secretary and DG (health). From April 25 we will go on an indefinite strike," she added.

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