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Work-to-rule by nurses hits services

WORK-TO-RULE by nurses at different government hospitals, including the GSVM Medical College, hit the medical services here on Monday. The nurses launched an agitation, under the banner of the Rajkiya Nurses Sangh, Uttar Pradesh, as the State Government did not accept their demands. Following the agitation, the nurses are working in the morning shift and only one nurse is looking after ten patients.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 00:21 IST

WORK-TO-RULE by nurses at different government hospitals, including the GSVM Medical College, hit the medical services here on Monday.

The nurses launched an agitation, under the banner of the Rajkiya Nurses Sangh, Uttar Pradesh, as the State Government did not accept their demands. Following the agitation, the nurses are working in the morning shift and only one nurse is looking after ten patients.

The hospital administration claimed to have made alternative arrangement by engaging nursing students and pharmacists. But pharmacists at the LLR Hospital said they would not work after their duty hours.

At the LLR hospital, nurses complained of the absence of a ‘change room’, drinking water facility, proper hygienic condition and security in the night shift.

They also said they were being exploited by the hospital administration and the government. “Since we are women, we are being exploited by higher authorities.

But the government always accepts demands of junior doctors,” said A Chandra, divisional president of the Nurses Sangh.

They said they would stick to their guns unless the government accepted their demands. “We are working under pressure,” said Saroj Rana, a member of the Nurses Sangh.

Discontent among nurses was evident from the fact that many who joined the service 25 years back as a staff nurse are still working on the same post.

The nurses came to attend duty at 8 am but after 3 pm they changed their dress and gathered in a room at the LLR Hospital. Some nurses criticised the State government and the administrator of the GSVM Medical College.

Meanwhile, DS Yadav, city president of the Pharmacists’ Association, said that no pharmacist was going to work for any additional period. “If the hospital administration is claiming that pharmacists are working in place of nurses, they are lying. However, if there is any emergency situation, we will work round the clock,” said Yadav.

Reacting to the situation, Dr SK Katiyar, principal of the GSVM Medical College, said, “The chief medical superintendent of the LLR Hospital and the administration of other hospitals have engaged nursing students and pharmacists to deal with the situation.”