Relief for patients as nurses call off strike

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Old 14-Sep-2015
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Staff nurses called off their six-day-long agitation and resumed duties at government hospitals and health centres today after Chief Minister Harish Rawat assured them that their demands would be fulfilled soon by the state government.
Uttarakhand Staff Nurses Association (UNSA) state president Anjana Bhowmick said the office-bearers had decided to defer the agitation considering the plight of patients admitted in government hospitals.
She said the members would resume the agitation if the state government does not accede to their long-pending demands, including hike in grade pay in the given time-frame.
District hospitals and health centres got much needed relief after nearly 1,200 agitated staff nurses resumed their duties this morning.
There was a decrease in the number of admissions in the Doon Group of Hospitals and Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres as work was adversely affected due to the nurses’ strike across the state.
After the bilateral talk with State Health Minister SS Negi and Principal Secretary (Health) Om Prakash ended without reaching any fruitful conclusion, the state government had deployed nursing college students in place of the staff nurses in government hospitals.
The staff nurses had went on three-day mass leave from September 7 and started an indefinite strike from September 10 in support of their demands, which were grade pay, timely promotion, dress allowance, pay anomaly, risk allowance and appointment of registrar. The Nainital High Court had directed the state government and agitating nurses to resolve the issue by talks and inform the court by September 14.

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