AIIMS Delhi Nurses Go On Indefinite Strike Over Pay Scale And Other Concerns
The premiere medical institute’s OPDs, OTs and emergency services lie disrupted as over 3,000 nurses demand a salary hike and protest over the callous treatment of the nursing community by the AIIMS Delhi administration
Amidst the raging Coronavirus pandemic, nurses of India’s premiere hospital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi went on an indefinite strike on Monday afternoon onwards over their pay scale related to the 6th Central Pay Commission and other concerns.
Around 3,000 nurses decided to boycott their duties yesterday, with their union addressing a letter to the hospital’s medical director Dr. Randeep Guleria. They blamed the AIIMS administration’s callous attitude as the main reason for the dissent of the nursing community.
Guleria responded to the ongoing tensions, calling the step by the union at this time of the COVID health crisis an unfortunate and inappropriate one. Further adding that this is not the time to abandon one’s duties towards their patients, he said that almost all the demands of the protesters had already been met by the management.
Late last night, union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan ordered the AIIMS administration to ensure the smooth functioning of the nursing department basis an earlier high court order. The letter also warned of action under the Disaster Management Act for non-compliance of the ruling.
Emergency services, outpatient departments (OPD) and operation procedures have been disrupted due to the agitation.
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