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Jamshedpur: MGM Hospital nurses observe strike against non-payment of salaries

DC mediates, promises incentives after Durga Puja

Jamshedpur, Oct 6: Unruly scenes marked the day today at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College Hospital following a strike of outsourced nurses of the state health hub.

The nurses went on strike due to non-payment of salaries. This led to the suffering of patients in the hospital. Many patients were not able to receive medicine.

The nurses demanded action against the concerned agency in the hospital premises. Nurses said that they have to plead every month for salary. The salary is not given on time.

“This isn’t the first time we are protesting. Even before this many times we had to go on strike for salary. We have not received a salary for the last three months. A memorandum was submitted to the officer of the concerned agency. When no action was taken from their side, we handed over the demand letter to the superintendent. But even after that we did not get the salary,” said a nurse.

She said that with Durga Puja round the corner the nurses decided to go on strike. There is an atmosphere of panic in the hospital as the nurses went on strike. Along with the patient, their relatives were also worried.

The officials of Jharkhand State Medical and Public Health Employees Association also came in support of the nurses.

Later in the day, the District Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar himself reached MGM Hospital and spoke to the striking workers. He assured to send one month’s salary to the account tomorrow and also to get the incentive amount after Durga Puja. After the move the outsourced health workers sitting on dharna withdrew their agitation. The Deputy Commissioner said that soon all the demands will be fulfilled. At the same time, the health workers sitting on the dharna said that they withdrew their agitation, expressing confidence in the assurance of the Deputy Commissioner.

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