Bhubaneswar: The Mission Director of National Health Mission (NHM) of Odisha, Shalini Pandit today asked the agitating Contractual Staff Nurses to end their strike and join duty within 24 hours or else face the axe.
Shalini Pandit also gave striking nurses stern warning that disciplinary proceedings would be taken against the contractual nurses who failed to resume their duty within the stipulated time.
Talking to the media here today in this regard the Mission Director Shalini Pandit said, “The Health Minister has already assured the agitating Staff Nurses to soon redress their grievances. However, some Staff Nurses refused to end their cease work strike hampering the health services in the state. Hence, we have asked them to join duty within 24 hours.”
“The Government will take disciplinary proceedings, if they failed to resume their duty. The government will even terminate their contracts, if necessary. ” she threatened.
Healthcare in all government hospitals across the state including the SCB Hospital in Cuttack, VIMSAR in Burla and MKCG Hospital in Berhampur got badly affected as over one thousand Staff Nurses staged cease work protest from December 18.
The Charter of demands of the Staff Nurses, recruited under NHM, include regularisation of jobs, upgradation of pay structure and equal pay for equal work with their counterparts working in the state government hospitals including Primary Health Centres(CHCs) and Public Health Centres(PHCs).