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Chandigarh: One-day strike ends, PGI nurses resume duties

PGI officials said that nurses who were on strike against the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations resumed their duties on Saturday and things at the institute were back to normal.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
February 28, 2016 9:57:43 am

The one-day strike by more than 2,000 nurses of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) ended on Saturday morning and the nurses resumed their duties. On Friday, the strike had caused inconvenience to the patients at the institute.

PGI officials said that nurses who were on strike against the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations resumed their duties on Saturday and things at the institute were back to normal.

PGI Nurses Association president Lakhwinder Singh said that all the nurses had resumed their duties. “All of them joined back and everything is now running smoothly,” he said.

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Thousands of patients suffered due to the strike after they didn’t get the registration cards as the hospital authorities curtailed the OPD registration hours. Ram Bahadur, a Himachal Pradesh resident who had to return after not getting a registration card on Friday, said that he went back home yesterday and returned on Saturday. “I came twice here and today finally got the appointment,” he addded.

The resident doctors said the nurses resumption of duties brought relief to them. “We managed on Friday night without the nurses. It was a difficult job, but we tried to help the patients,” said a resident doctor who was posted in emergency.

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