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Kerala govt asks nurses to give up indefinite agitation plan

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The today asked private hospital nurses, who are planning an indefinite strike from July 17 demanding higher wages, to give up their agitation.

Health Minister K K Shylaja said here that the had limitations in dealing with the issues connected to private hospital managements.

The has already done what it can do, in the initial stage, she said.

The minister's statement comes in the wake of the High restraining nurses' organisations from holding the indefinite stir, based on a filed by association of private hospitals.

Marxist veteran and opposition leader in the Ramesh Chennithala have sought immediate intervention of the government to end the agitation.

While Achuthanandan wanted the government to give directions to hospital managements to hike the wages of nurses as per the Supreme guidelines, Chennithala said Chief Minister should hold talks with nurses' associations and hospital management representatives to end the stalemate.

Functioning of private hospitals in is likely to be hit with an estimated 80,000 nurses deciding to go on indefinite strike from July 17.

The strike call was given by United Nurses Association and Indian Nurses Association demanding minimum wages of Rs 20,000 as fixed by the Supreme

Private hospital managements have said they would be able to provide only emergency services from Monday in view of the strike call.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 20:22 IST