KOCHI: The Kerala Private Hospital Association (KPHA) has decided to battle the strike by United Nurses Association’s (UNA) by deploying ‘efficient’ nurses from other states in place of the striking nurses here.
The action council of KPHA which met here on Monday also resolved to strongly resist what they alleged as the motive and move of UNA to destroy the private healthcare sector in the state.
The KPHA has taken the tough stand in the wake of UNA’s notice given to it for an indefinite strike from March 5.
“The procedure of recruiting nurses from outside the state has already been started. The Indian Medical Associ-ation (IMA) has expressed its full support to all the private hospitals by providing medical treatment to the patients,” said a KPHA statement.
“UNA is trying to destroy the private health sector by orgainising unlawful strikes. Hospit-al managements are not ready to shut down the hospitals fearing their threats. We will not permit the shutdown of private hospitals which treat thousands of patients everyday in Kerala,” the KPHA action council said.
The KPHA said that it will also protect the nurses who didn’t participate in the strike and served the patients. “Through the unlawful strike, the UNA is not only challenging the labour department, ministers or the government but the society at large,” KPHA said....