18
Thursday
January 2018
3:49 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
Kerala News
80,000 nurses plan indefinite strike from Monday
 
(Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 14, 2017, PTI): Functioning of private hospitals in Kerala is likely to be affected with an estimated 80,000 nurses Thursday deciding to go on indefinite strike from July 17 demanding higher wages.

The private hospital managements said they would be able to provide only emergency services from Monday in view of the protest call.

The United Nurses Association (UNA) and Indian Nurses Association, spearheading the ongoing agitation, said they would intensify their protest from July 17.

Satyagraha protests would be staged at the district headquarters and from July 21, they would shift the focus to secretariat here, a release from the associations said.

The nurses have been on strike since the past few days demanding minimum wages of Rs 20,000 as fixed by the Supreme Court.

Stating that 80,000 nurses would join the total strike, UNA president Jasmine Shah said they would not buckle under pressure from private hospitals.

Various associations of private hospitals held meetings here and in Kochi to take stock of the situation.

"The functioning of the hospitals will be affected. We can provide only limited services not involving nurses. There will be limited outpatient services. ICUs will not accept new patients," said M I Shadulla of Private Hospitals Association of Private Hospitals of India (Kerala) chapter.

Speaking to reporters here after an emergency meeting of the association, he said only emergency surgeries would be undertaken.

With the state being gripped by viral and dengue fever, the situation could turn alarming.

"We can function only partially. We have already shut emergency rooms as all of them are full," Shadulla, Chairman of KIMS Hospital, said.

Describing the situation as unprecedented, he claimed the 56 per cent hike demanded by nurses was very steep and would be a burden on mid-size hospitals.

While maintaining that they were sympathetic to the cause of nurses, he said the hike would also make health care cost go up, burdening the patients.

Shah said nurses with graduation were taken as trainees in private hospitals and were paid only Rs 6,500 per month.

The protesters are demanding that all the qualified nurses should get Rs 20,000 as minimum salary. By merging the DA with basic pay and declaring a new basic salary of Rs 17,200 is injustice, they said.

This would mean that a qualified nurse would not get more than Rs 20,000, association sources said.


State gears up for second literacy movement
Charge sheet leak: Court orders probe
Bar bribery: No evidence against KM Mani says Vigilance
Investigation team toughens stance against Dileep
Congress and IUML slam decision to stop subsidy for Haj
A new political party announced in State
Murder accused ends life one day before trial
Private bus strike from February 1
Mani C Kappan apologizes for comments against Uzhavoor Vijayan
Youth's dead body found in movie theatre
Two hacked inside home at Varantharappilly
Pinarayi Vijayan decides to meet Sreejith
Sreejiv case: Sreejith to approach HC
Amala denies charges, Suresh Gopi arrested and let off
CBI to investigate Sreejiv case
Acted in interest of judiciary, justice: Kurian Joseph
Karipur Airport's runway to be closed
CBI busy, wont take up custodial death case
State reeling under serious financial crisis: Geetha Gopinath
KSRTC pension: Housewife commits suicide
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Madhavan talks about the "greatest award" he received
 (Mumbai, Jan 16, 2018): R Madhavan has been in the film industry for over two decades and the  
24 hours sports radio channel launched
Mick Jagger's surprise India visit
Veere Di Wedding to release on 1st June 2018 !
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
'7 ethnic Rakhine killed as Myanmar police open fire at riot'
 (Yangon, Jan 17, 2018): Myanmar police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as
Japan broadcaster mistakenly flashes missile alert
North Korea calls Trump nuclear button boast the 'bark of a rabid dog'
Rocket lands in Indian Embassy premises in Kabul, no casualties: MEA
NATIONAL NEWS
Padmaavat producers move SC against ban by various states
 (New Delhi, Jan 17, 2018): The Supreme Court today agreed to hear the plea of producers of co
No immediate necessity to float party, says Dhinakaran
Defence Minister Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi-30 MKI
NSA Ajit Doval attends BJP ‘poll meeting’, CPI(M) urges EC to probe
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.