Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma held a meeting to review emergency services in the national capital Saturday, and was informed that the strike by nurses had affected work in hospitals. Officials told Sharma after the government invoked the ESMA, the names of absentees were being noted.
“FIRs would be lodged against them if they fail to report for duty. Action will be taken against them under ESMA, which involves arrest and detention with the likely consequence of termination of services,” read a government statement. Sharma was informed that two members of the nurses’ union had been arrested.
“To deal with the crisis for demand of nursing in patient care, arisen due to the strike, the Medical Superintendents of all Delhi Government Hospitals would be holding walk-in interviews for engaging nurses on daily wages with effect from Monday that is September 5, 2016,” said the government statement.