Chandigarh: The strike by nurses which had left the patients harassed was called off on Saturday night by the association. President of Nurses Welfare Association (NWA) Lakhwinder Singh said, “Our demands have been accepted following which we are calling off strike.”
Meanwhile, earlier on the second day of the strike, the PGIMER nurses continued with their istrike, which had left the patient care services unattended. Despite the decision of the PGI administration to hire 150 nurses, they had continued their strike.
Meanwhile, the administration on the second day of strike claimed that the hospital ensured smooth running of all hospital services including emergency and OPD services with the help of regular nursing staff who reported on duty and students of National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE).
The number of OPD registrations from 8 am to 10.30 am were 6400 which is similar to the number registered routinely on Saturdays and around 100 patients were admitted in the indoor units. With regards to surgical operations, 60 surgeries were done.
In order to give priority to emergency surgeries, few elective surgeries were curtailed. The Institute administration called representatives of nursing welfare association and tried to convince them to call off the strike in the larger interest of patient care.
The Nurses of Central Hospitals and Medical Institutions were on indefinite strike from September 2.
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