THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government should take strict action against those private hospitals that are not willing to pay nurses the salary and allowances as specified in the 2009 notification, said Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan.
Nurses in most of the private hospitals in the state, including Lakeshore, Kolenchery Medical College, and Kozhikode National, have taken to the path of agitation. Even in Amrita, the strike that was withdrawn following discussions, is now back in full swing. Private hospital managements are more keen on suppressing the agitation rather than giving the nurses what is due to them, alleged AITUC general secretary, Pattom Sasidharan, in a statement issued here. The wages given to nurses is much lower than what is paid in any other sector in the state. Even the paramedical staff are given just a pittance as salary, he said. In the statement, Sasidharan said that the Labour Department should ensure that the hospitals adhere to the service conditions as stated in the State Government notification of 2009. Those hospitals that are not adhering to these conditions should be dealt with in a strict manner, he demanded.