Join duty or face termination; Govt warns nurses

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jun 2018 10:38:37


Staff Reporter,


State Government has taken stern decision against the striking nurses with the warning of termination from service if they won’t return to duty by June 4.
In the meantime, arrested nurses faced immense difficulties at Raipur Central Jail premises while their anxious relatives stand outside. Nurses had complained about lack of arrangement of water, food and even toilet facility at the Jail.

On the other side, Health Department officials informed that nurses will be served notice before the decision to terminate them from service will be taken. Government is also bracing up for fresh recruitment and rope in nurses from other districts to increase pressure on nurses, informed Officers of Health Department on Saturday.

The Nurses are on strike since May 18. Their demands are under consideration with the Government. Health Department Principal Secretary Richa Sharma, Secretary Niharika Barik Singh and Director Health Services Ranu Sahu have conducted several rounds of dialogue with the office bearers of Chhattisgarh Paricharika Kalyan Sangh and claimed that nurses have resumed to duty in many districts and students of private nursing colleges and national health mission staff nurses have been roped in for service of patients.

Health Services Director Ranu Sahu stated that State Government has agreed to give sympathetic consideration into their demands of pay scale. A three-member formed by Govt will study their demands and present a report within two months.

Senior officials appealed the striking nurses to return on duty keeping in view the deteriorating public health services. As the appeals failed, Government invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) as the last resort.

Citing the looming threat on the public health services, State Government toughened its stand. Govt has decided to shuffle in nurses from other districts to make alternate arrangements at Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital. The nurses who would agree to the offer will be given the opportunity to serve in Raipur.
Furthermore, Preparations are already underway to recruit new nurses in case all measures fail to restore the health services.