Chandigarh: Patients admitted at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and those who have their appointments scheduled for Friday might an onslaught of indefinite strike that is scheduled to commence from September 2.
The protest has been called by All India Nurses Federation. Confirming the same PGI Nurses Welfare Association (NWA) president Lakhwinder Singh announced that nurses will be joining the strike.
“From past nine months, we have been trying to make Health Ministry listen to our demands. Earlier on two occasions, nurses postponed strike on the assurance of Health Ministry but till now nothing has been done,” said, NWA president Lakhvinder Singh.
“We are not demanding something out of the box, our demands are genuine. Health Ministry has forced us to take this step.
It is not because of us that patient centric services will suffer, it’s because negative attitude of themMinistry,” added Singh.
On February 26, 2015 nurses went on one day mass causal leave and that time also patients were at receiving end.
NINE nurses to take charge
If strike is not called off then PGI authorities will certainly try to manage critical patients admitted using the assistance of nearly 450 nursing students from National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE). However, at any given point, nearly 500 patients are admitted in emergency ward while 200 patients are present in Advanced Trauma Centre.
The hospital will have to cancel all planned and routine surgeries, which go up to 200 a day. Even OPD registration timings might also be curtailed.
Patient care takes backstage
Be it doctors or nurses of one of the premier institute, their decision of going on indefinite strike shows how much they value their duties and care for society. Last week hospital patient care services were paralyzed after doctors went on two day strike to ensure security for them along with pending demands.
What authorities say
“This is not a PGI specific strike. It is a one day national call given by their body regarding 7th Pay Commission,” said Deputy Director, Administration, Amitabh Avasthi.
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