Hyderabad: The 200 nurses who had been boycotting their duties at the State-run Gandhi Hospital demanding regularisation of services, are on the verge of getting ‘fired’. A notice from the outsourcing agency on the termination orders was issued to all the agitating nurses, who have been steadfast in continuing their protests.
With more than half the workforce of nursing staff boycotting medical duties, services at Gandhi Hospital continue to remain grim. Over 150 elective surgeries and several vital procedures in various medical departments have been postponed due to shortage of nursing staff at the tertiary hospital.
GJR Services, the private agency responsible for recruiting nurses, has issued notices to the outsourcing staff nurse union of Gandhi Hospital.
“This is to bring to your notice that we are informing all outsourcing staff nurses to join your duties with immediate effect. If you fail to join duties, we are going to terminate all the outsourcing nurses who are on strike. The hospital management has instructed us to restore services for the sake of patients,” the notice said.
Officials of GJR Services said that the nurses did not give them prior intimation of the strike. “We will terminate their services and rope in final-year nursing students. Patient services should not get impacted and we have asked the striking nurses to resume duties. We have already issued termination notices,” says Jaypal Reddy of GJR Services.
Meanwhile, the nurses on Thursday said that the protest demanding regularisation will continue at the hospital.
“Instead of terminating our jobs, we urge State government officials to listen to our problems with an open mind. After working for a decade at Gandhi Hospital, it’s quite unfair not to get some kind of recognition for our services,” Madhu Latha, a protesting nurse said.
Trouble started after the government decided to recruit nurses in vacant posts of nurses at various government hospitals. “The authorities should give us weightage while they recruit for the posts of nurses. At least give us a government contract, instead of terminating our jobs and taking up fresh recruitments,” the nurses maintained.