Routine surgeries at state-run JJ Group of Hospitals were put on hold on Tuesday after nurses went on strike demanding permanent posts from their current contractual ones. About 2,000 nurses in Mumbai and a total of 23,000 in the entire state went on strike.
Their demands included change of white blouse and skirt into cream pant and shirt for female nurses.
The male nurses, who already wear pants and shirts, have also demanded a change of colour from white to cream for the uniform.
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They also demanded increase in postings in government hospitals for providing more nursing students jobs in government sector.
The strike was observed in Cama and Albless, Gokuldas Tejpal, St George and JJ hospitals where nurses refused to do routine work but were available for any emergency medical case.
“Since we knew the strike would happen, we had not scheduled any major surgeries today. The functioning of hospital continued normally,” said Dr T P Lahane, Dean of JJ Hospital.