Chandigarh: Patients who are already admitted to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Friday will have to face problems as nearly 2000 nurses have decided to join the indefinite strike being observed by the All India Nurses Federation.
When on Thursday, the correspondent visited the hospital emergency and various other departments, to seek reaction of the indoor patients on the announced strike, most of the patients were found to be clueless about the decision.
“Be the doctors’ strike or that of the nurses it’s the patients who have to suffer, my mother is admitted here as she is suffering from spinal injury. I don’t know how I will manage to take care of my mother,’’ said Rupinder Kaur, a resident of Mohali.
The same thoughts were echoed by many other attendees who didn’t know that the nurses are going on strike. “For the past one month, we have been trying hard to make Health Ministry to listen to our demands, earlier on two occasions, the nurses had postponed the strike on the assurance of the Ministry but till now nothing has been done,” said PGI Nurses Welfare Association president Lakhvinder Singh. Last time also on February 26, 2015, the nurses had announced one-day mass causal leave which left many patients to bear the brunt.
After two-day strike by NRHM on August 10, the department is now to shut down all the health centres on September 2 following their demands
Panchkula health also to suffer
Panchkula: After the two-day strike by National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) at Civil Hospital, Sector 6 on August 10, the workers of the health department have again swung into action as they have decided to shut down all the health departments on Friday following their demands which have not been taken up by the government. They have received support from various associations across the nation. Meanwhile, during the last strike, the medical services were partially affected in various civil hospitals and primary health centres in Panchkula and also at some other nearby districts, after nearly 500 employees of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) had gone on a two-day strike.DP
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