Nurses’ strike hits medical services in Gwalior hospitals
The strike by nurses and paramedical staff at the JAH Group of Hospitals demanding higher pay and better service conditions continued on Wednesday too, affecting the medical services in a big way. The working in the hospital, particularly in the operation theatres, pathological laboratories and OPDs was seriously affected due to the three hours strike by the staff. The blood sample tests could begin only at 11.30 am causing distress to the patients, especially those who had come from far off places.
The cancer patients who had come for cobalt -60 therapies too were put into much grief as they had to wait long into the afternoon for the technicians. The diabetic patients too had to stand in the queue for more than 4 hours to get their blood tested. The patients who had come for the ECG test too had a tough time, before the nursing students attended to them. The scene in the Trauma Centre too was pathetic as there was no one to attend the patients, some of who were profusely bleeding and in great pain. One Pinky from Bhind was brought to the hospital with high fever. The doctor asked her to get the blood tested, but due to the strike the test could not be done in time and after standing in the queue for hours she fainted. As many as 400 nurses and 180 paramedical staff have been on strike since Monday, protesting against the authorities’ indifference towards their demands for better pay and working conditions. Talking to the media persons, Rekha Parmar, patron, Joint Health Workers Association; Devendra Singh Tyagi, District President and Suman Bhilwar, Executive President of the Association said that all the nurses and paramedical staff will go on an indefinite strike from July 23 onwards if their demands are not met. They also submitted a memorandum to the Dean, Dr SN Iyengar and the Medical Superintend Dr JS Sikarwar.
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