Hyderabad: Strike by contract nurses continues for the third day in Gandhi Hospital and they are very upset that there has not been any effort by the principal secretary of health or the health minister to call them for discussions.
Over 210 contract nurses sat on dharna at the entrance demanding permanent employment and also increase in the salaries. They have demanded that salaries be increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month. Some of the nurses are working from last ten years and they state that it has been too long.
Despite giving notice to labour department and also the health department there have not been any negotiations as no one is willing to listen to them.
M. Narasimha representing the Gandhi Hospital outsourcing Nursing Staff explained, "We have put forth our demands to the government but they are not showing any interest. We are now firm and want them to be made permanent and also their salaries revised."
Meanwhile, the Gandhi Hospital which has over 200 permanent nurses has recruited about 50 nursing students to meet the shortage from private college.
These students are working in the morning and evening shift to facilitate the crisis. In addition, another 75 nursing students from the Gandhi Nursing College are also employed in the hospital to work in the night shift as well.