The Delhi High Court on Tuesday detained thousands of protesting nurses from the Institute of Medical Sciences All India (AIIMS) to continue their strike due to their long-standing demands and asked them to resume work. The court also issued a notice to the nurses’ union about the hospital’s plea.
“Given the claims and assurances made by AIIMS that it will investigate the complaints of the respondents (nurses), this union is not allowed to continue the strike,” said Judge Navin Chawla.
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AIIMS, through its adviser VSR Krishna, told the court that these are service matters and discussions take place regularly to investigate complaints. The court issued a notice and posted the matter for further hearing on January 18, 2021.
As nearly 3,000 nurses went on strike, AIIMS Delhi decided to outsource the nursing services on a contractual basis. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by the president, director, deputy director and senior faculty of the AIIMS administration.
“Our Union is ready to talk to the administration. We feel bad for patients, but we are helpless because our demands have not been met. We announced a strike a month ago but even then the administration did not listen to our demands, “said Harish Kalja, the president of AIIMS Nurses Union, according to news agency ANI.
“We didn’t need to strike. We were busy serving the people. But the government withdrew from the demands that had been met before. None of our requirements are new. All our requirements matter. But the requirement of a 6th Central Payment Commission is a priority, “he added.
According to government orders to nurse reward, Kalja said “The citizens of the country testify here that the government is not ready to talk to us. This is really unfortunate.”
The Delhi Nurses Federation on Tuesday extended support to the ongoing indefinite strike by the AIIMS Nurses of Delhi.