Nurses' strike postponed till Jul 19

Joanna Estrada
July 15, 2017

The United Nurses Association (UNA) has informed that if they do not get a favourable decision in the discussion on July 19, they will start strong protest.

On Thursday, private managements running hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram said that the medical services provided by them will be limited from Monday.

On Friday, the Kerala High Court restrained the nurses' organizations from holding the indefinite stir, based on a petition filed by association of private hospitals.

Health care sector in Kerala is likely to be crippled at the height of on-going fever epidemic as almost 80,000 nurses working in private hospitals chose to go on indefinite strike from July 17 demanding higher wages.

"The proposed indefinite strike by the nursing unions in a large number of hospitals will cripple emergency services, operation theatres, Intensive Care Units and dialysis units of many hospitals".

The government hospitals alone could not cater to the need of society. The process would take some more time to conclude. It said their services fall under the ambit of essential services and sought invocation of the Essential Services Maintenance Act provisions against striking nurses. "We are not limiting our services and we have urged the government to ensure a situation so that we can run the hospital".

Only emergency departments will be functional and the functioning of the rest will depend on the availability of nurses.

The single judge said that "so far as the State has not taken any action to prevent the strike which is going to affect the people and their life adversely, I deem it appropriate to pass an interim order prohibiting the strike announced by the unions".

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