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Health crisis ahead? 80k Kerala nurses to protest from Monday for wage hike

Nurses have been on strike since past few days demanding minimum wages of Rs 20,000 as fixed by SC

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

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Functioning of in is likely to be affected with an estimated 80,000 nurses on Thursday deciding to go on indefinite from July 17 demanding higher wages. The private hospital managements said they would be able to provide only from Monday in view of the protest call. The United Nurses Association (UNA) and Indian Nurses Association, spearheading the ongoing agitation, said they would intensify their protest from July 17. Satyagraha protests would be staged at the district headquarters and from July 21, they would shift the focus to secretariat here, a release from the said. The nurses have been on since the past few days demanding minimum wages of Rs 20,000 as fixed by the Stating that 80,000 nurses would join the 'total' strike, UNA president Jasmine Shah said they would not buckle 'under pressure' from Various of held meetings here and in to take stock of the situation. "The functioning of the will be affected. We can provide only limited services not involving nurses. There will be limited outpatient services.

ICUs will not accept new patients," said M I Shadulla of Association of of India (Kerala) chapter. Speaking to reporters here after an emergency meeting of the association, he said only emergency surgeries would be undertaken. With the state being gripped by viral and fever, the situation could turn alarming. "We can function only partially. We have already shut emergency rooms as all of them are full," Shadulla, Chairman of KIMS Hospital, said. Describing the situation as 'unprecedented', he claimed the 56 per cent hike demanded by nurses was 'very steep' and would be 'a burden' on mid-size While maintaining that they were 'sympathetic' to the cause of nurses, he said the hike would also make cost go up, burdening the patients. Shah said nurses with graduation were taken as trainees in and were paid only Rs 6,500 per month. The protesters are demanding that all the qualified nurses should get Rs 20,000 as minimum salary. By merging the DA with and declaring a new basic salary of Rs 17,200 is 'injustice', they said. This would mean that a qualified would not get more than Rs 20,000, association sources said.

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 23:24 IST