Contract Nurses at Gandhi Hospital go on Strike

More than a month after the signing of a contract with the government for their newly recruited outsourced nursing staff, nearly 200 nursingStaff working at the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad are sitting on an indefinite strike. The strike came just days after junior doctors at the hospital staged a protest seeking regularisation of their contract and enhanced security for frontline workers.

One of the few contractual nurses who stepped out on the way outside of the hospital campus, which media was not permitted inside, said she had never get her work in time and of a few months ‘ payments remained pending. On Friday, nurses met the union president of the Indian Nurses Association ( INA ), the national union of nurses, and submitted a representation addressing health minister Eatala Rajender.

In the post, the president of the National Federation of Nurses of India ( NNNI ) said a total of 200 staff have been working with the contract since 2007 and they are paid Rs 15,000 a month without any deduction. This has been long pending.


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