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Rims nurses end strike, government seeks two-month window to revise pay

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Rims nurses end strike, government seeks two-month window to revise payRANCHI: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) nurses returned to work on Monday after the state ministry of health, medical education and family welfare promised them a pay revision within two months.

The Rims Junior Nurses Association (RJNA) ended their strike after a meeting with additional chief secretary health Sudhir Kumar Tripathi and Rims acting director R K Srivastava at Rims. More than 40 senior nurses and 361 junior nurses, who was on strike from Sunday midnight, threatened to go on warpath again if the health ministry failed to keep its word.

The hospital’s functioning took a hit after the nurses went on a pen down strike demanding immediate revision in their grade pay. RJNA president Ram Rekha Rai said, “We were told that the finance department is deliberating on the pay revision. The strike was shelved for two months after we were promised that revision on the lines of AIIMS will be done by that time.”

Besides the pay revision at par with AIIMS, the nurses also demanded their representation in the Rims general body. They also demanded that contractual nurses, who could not be regularized for crossing maximum age limit, be absorbed by giving a one-time relaxation. “We have not ended the strike but only shelved it. If the government does not keep its word within the said time, there will be an indefinite strike again,” Rai said.

The nurses boycotted work in outpatient departments, wards from Sunday night but left the emergency, paediatrician, neonatal and labour wards undisturbed. They sat outside the hospital’s emergency with hand written placards while others flocked outside the director’s office.

Relatives of B P Sharma, a patient at the hospital, said there were no nurses since midnight. “The doctor came for his morning round. But there were no nurses who came to give medicine or administer glucose to my husband,” Sharma’s wife Urmila said.

Mohammad Noushad from Doranda, who was admitted late last week, said, “There were a few nurses yesterday. But there was no one today.” The Rims management, however, claimed outsourced nurses were on duty on Monday as well.



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