Striking nurses from the Fortis-Noida and Sunderlal Jain hospitals in the city,along with those from other private hospitals in the Capital,marched on Parliament Street on Tuesday evening,demanding legislation to ensure higher pay and better working conditions.
As most of the nurses employed in city hospitals are from Kerala,Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and MPs from the state addressed the marchers,assuring them of support in pressing for the legislation and a resolution of the ongoing strike.
Staff nurses from Fortis-Noida have been on strike since March 16,while those from Sunderlal Jain have been striking work since March 20.
The demand for a legislation to protect nurses in private hospitals has been taken up by the Kerala government with the Union Minister for Health,Dr Ghulam Nabi Azad, said K P Dhanapalan,an MP from Kerala.
Efforts are on to resolve the strikes. We are trying to make sure the nurses are paid a minimum of Rs 15,000 a month as salary. The state governments of Delhi,Uttar Pradesh and Haryana are being contacted to resolve the situation, he added.
A delegation comprising the Kerala Health minister and representatives of the Nurses Welfare Association,an organisation of nurses employed in various city hospitals,met Delhi Health minister A K Walia with their demands on Monday.
The minister has assured us that he will intervene. A meeting with the management of Sunderlal Jain Hospital has been called for March 31. In the case of Fortis,progress is yet to be made, said Usha Krishna Kumar,who heads the Nurses Welfare Association.
Mondays march began from the gates of Kerala House on Jantar Mantar road at 5 pm. Staff nurses from nearly 40 organisations participated in the march,the organisers said.