KASARGOD: The protesting nurses continued to face hostility from hospital managements even as the strike intensified in Kasargod. The CPM-managed E K Nayanar Memorial Cooperative Hospital expelled five nurses from its hostel, though officially it maintained no punitive action was taken against the protesters.
Ironically, the hospital management committee is led by P Raghavan, a state leader of the CITU and district convener of the LDF. The nurses, who were expelled from the hospital hostel said they have shifted to the houses of their friends.INA district secretary Ajeesh Chacko said the CPM-led hospital was the most hostile among the hospitals in the district.
Meanwhile, nurses of Malik Deenar Charitable Hospital in Kasargod found their protest tent gutted and the chairs sprayed with cow dung on Thursday morning.INA state president Libin Thomas and general secretary Muhammed Shihab visited the protesters at Malik Deenar Hospital. They visited seven hospitals in Kasargod and four in Kanhangad where nurses are protesting.
The STU, a trade union affiliated to the IUML, has extended support to the protesting nurses of Nayanar hospital on Thursday. Chengala panchayat president and IUML leader Shahina Salim too called on the nurses and expressed solidarity with the protesters.Chacko said the protest would not end until their demands are met. He said the INA will hold talks only with the association of managements and not with individual managements.
‘CPHA not closing down hosps to curb nurses’ stir’
Fr Thomas Vaikathuparampil, the chairman of the Confederation of Private Hospital Associations (CPHA), said the CPHA had not taken any decision to close down hospitals to counter the nurses’ ongoing agitation at private hospitals. ”We are not sure any individual hospital management has decided to do so. The CPHA has not taken such a decision,” Fr Vaikathuprampil, director of Lisse Hospital, Kochi told ‘Express’. The CPHA is a common platform of hospital management associations.
Govt in tacit understanding with hosps: V Muralidharan
T’Puram: BJP national executive member V Muralidharan said the private hospital managements’ decision to close down hospitals from Monday was taken with the tacit understanding of the government. It was when the nurses’ strike got strengthened the hospital managements and the government jointly forced the nurses to accept the salary fixed by the government favouring the private hospitals, he said in a statement.