The Indian Nurses’ Association (INA) has sought action against hospitals that have failed to revise the pay of nurses with retrospective effect. Addressing a press conference here, INA state general secretary Muhammed Shihab E A said many hospitals still employ experienced nurses as trainees.
INA members stated that recommendations of the Balaraman Committee, which was set up by the state government to look into problems being faced by nurses employed in the private sector, were completely ignored.
They said experienced nurses with five years of experience were given wages equivalent to that given to the sweeper of the same hospital.
Even thought a ministerial-level sub-committee was formed based on the Balaraman Committee report, the sub-committee has not met for the past nine months ever since it was constituted, which shows the government’s negligent attitude towards nurses, they said.
They alleged that there is a nexus between private hospital managements and the government. Shihab demanded that private hospital nurses should be brought under the Health Department of the government, instead of the Labour Department.
The association demanded that male nurses be given 25 per cent reservation in private hospitals.
“Last year, less than 50 male nurses were hired by private hospitals,” its members said.
They demanded that nurses who study from private colleges should also be recruited to government hospitals.
In order to prevent the mushrooming of unauthorised agencies that cheat nurses with promises of sending them abroad, the Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Ltd should take the initiative to recruit nurses.