Nurses lock OPD

Tribune News Service
Patiala, February 11

Protesting contractual nurses and the ancillary staff of the Government Rajindra Hospital once again locked the outpatient department (OPD) and general operation theatre (OT), causing inconvenience to the patients on Monday evening.

Moreover, the protesters warned that they would lock the OT and OPD ward on Tuesday also.

Till the filing of this report, a few nurses were sitting atop the medical superintendent office building, while others were continuing their chain hunger strike outside the building.

In fact, protesting nurses, ancillary staff and Class IV employees were demanding regularisation of their services. Despite an assurance by the government that their case would be taken up by the Cabinet sub-committee, they are continuing their protest.

The protest has hit the medical services at the hospital. Patients who had come to the hospital for operations were not allowed to enter the OT because nurses had already locked it. Sandeep Kaur, Chairperson, Punjab Contractual Nursing and Ancillary Staff, said: “In the evening, we locked the OTs and OPD as the government is not paying heed to our demands.”

Sandeep Kaur said they wouldn’t join their duties until they get the regularisation letters.

Meanwhile, Rajan Singla, Medical Superintendent (MS), Government Rajindra Hospital, said: “In the evening, around 6 pm, I was informed about the incident. I have already intimated the office of the Health Minister and the DRME.”