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Nurses’ stir enters 3rd day, health care in shambles

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Bhubaneswar: The health facilities starting from the SCB Medical College Hospital to the District Headquarters Hospitals across the State is in a shambles as Odisha Nursing Employees’ Association members’ agitation in the capital reached its third day today.

Association general secretary Pravati Mohanty said the Health Department Secretary had called a meeting with an association delegation and assured to fulfil their demands within six months.

But such promises have not been kept by the Health Department, she alleged.

According to reports, the association threatened that if the demands are not fulfilled then they would intensify their stir and the department should be held responsible for the problems which the public would face at the health centres in the coming days.

The staff nurses from MKCG Medical College and Hospital, VIMSAR joined the protest which was launched by the staff nurses of SCB Medical College and Hospital on Monday. The contractual nurses began their demonstration to press various demands.

Regularisation of jobs, up-gradation of pay structure and equal pay for equal work with their counterparts working at the state government establishments etc are some of their demands.

Currently, they are getting Rs 10,000 per month while a regular pay scale employee of their stature gets around Rs 35,000 per month across the state.

Meanwhile,a discussion between a delegates of the agitators and Health Minister Pratap Jena is underway at the latter’s residence in Bhubaneswar.

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