Around 200 women nurses from state-run hospitals in the city have claimed that they have been asked to wear skirts or sarees as part of their on-duty uniform even as a debate about their dress code goes on in court.
Several nurses from the state-run J J,G T,St George and Cama and Albless hospitals complained that they have been forced to wear white skirts and sarees by the hospital management,though they prefer the previously accepted peach-coloured salwar kameez.
The matron had threatened me and many of my colleagues that she would mention in our service records that we had not abided by the hospital rules if we did not start wearing skirts. Higher authorities also threatened to transfer us out of the city if we didnt switch our uniforms, said a nurse from J J Hospital.
A Government Resolution (GR) was passed in 2004 allowing female nurses to wear peach-coloured salwar kameez to work. However,to maintain uniformity,a GR was passed in December last year stating that all nurses should wear white sarees or white skirts and aprons over them. Maharashtra Nurses Federation (MNF) had moved the Bombay High Court after the order.
Till around two weeks ago,around 80 per cent of nurses at JJ Hospital were wearing salwar kameez as it is comfortable to work in and is a traditional outfit.
However,the hospital management has been threatening us with transfers and bad records as and many of us have had to give in, said MNF joint secretary Kasturi Kadam.
Meanwhile,an organisation called Sarkari Paricharika Pragati Sangathan has backed the governments decision. We should dress differently from patients. White dresses are symbolic of nurses and patients associate us with it, said a member of the organisation.
Dr T P Lahane,dean,JJ Group of Hospitals,said the employees should abide by the rules laid down by the government.
We have asked all female nurses to dress as per the GR. If someone fails to comply,they should be ready to face disciplinary action, Lahane said.