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Maharashtra News Nurses protest for permanent posts, leaves; many others to join in on Sept 1

Maharashtra News Nurses protest for permanent posts, leaves; many others to join in on Sept 1Maharashtra News

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala
| Mumbai |

Updated: August 27, 2020 10:53:01 am

Around 15,000 to 20,000 nurses are anticipated to join the protest. (Representational)

A piece of nurses on Wednesday started a protest throughout Maharashtra demanding permanent posting, extra leaves and threat allowance whereas on Covid-19 responsibility. From September 1, extra nurses are set to join in, although they’ll proceed to work and put on black ribbons as a mark of protest.

At least 450 nurses throughout authorities hospitals have contracted Covid-19, and 6 of them have succumbed, knowledge from the Maharashtra State Nurses Association confirmed.

The nurses are additionally demanding that they be allowed to bear an satisfactory quarantine interval. A month in the past, the state authorities had modified responsibility hours for nurses posted in Covid-19 wards. From working seven days at one go, adopted by seven days in quarantine, the general public well being division had final month requested nurses to report for work for 5 days after which take go away for two days.

Medical faculties have requested nurses to work for seven days at a stretch after which bear a three-day quarantine.

“If we come in contact with an infected patient, we don’t get enough time to observe quarantine. We ourselves can become the carriers of the virus if we report to work after three days. PPE (personal protective equipment) kit and masks that we use are of poor quality,” stated Sumitra Tote, a nurse in Latur Government Medical College.

New nurses are being recruited at a wage of Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per 30 days by the division. “Because of poor pay and contractual jobs, nurses are not willing to work in government hospitals. The ones left are overburdened. One nurse is managing 20 patients in the ICU here,” Tote stated.

The Maharashtra State Nurses Association, United Nurses Association and Government Nurses Federation plan to protest from September 1 until 7 by sporting black ribbons in order that Covid-19 sufferers usually are not affected by the strike. Nurses beneath the banner of Government Nurses Federation started the protest on Wednesday.

“On September 8, we will not report to work if our demands are not taken seriously,” stated Arun Kadam, government president of Maharashtra State Nurses Association.

Around 15,000 to 20,000 nurses are anticipated to join the protest. They have additionally demanded that the state authorities gives a threat allowance of Rs 7,200 per 30 days in addition to permanent postings to the contractual employees, and fill vacant posts.

T C Jibin, from United Nurses Association, stated the calls for have been lengthy pending. (*1*) he added.

Dr Sadhana Tayade, Director of the Directorate of Health Services, stated the choice to shorten the seven-day quarantine interval was taken due to lack of nursing employees. “We have given advertisements for nursing posts, but we are not getting responses. We not only need to fill vacant posts but also require more nurses in rural areas. We had to reduce the quarantine period to accommodate whoever was available.”

She added that the method of changing contractual posts into permanent ones will take time.
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