THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Instead of taking steps to address the grievances of nurses who are agitating for better pay, the government is trying to muzzle their protest using draconian laws, BJP national executive member V Muraleedharan has said.
The government should take over private hospitals that are not willing to pay proper salary to nurses, he said. Muraleedharan termed as ‘anti-worker policy’ the government decision to impose Section 144 and compelling nursing students to do hospital duty.
“The government has adopted policies which no other government in the state has ever adopted. It is protecting the interests of corporate hospitals,” Muraleedharan said. The LDF Government, which came to power by stating that it is against all draconian laws, is imposing such laws on the working class, he said.
Saying it was the government’s responsibility to ensure proper pay to workers, he accused it of playing second fiddle to hospital managements which are exploiting nurses.