Mumbai: Nurses stage protest against staff shortage

Mumbai: Class IV employees and nurses of the RN Cooper and Shatabdi Hospital staged a protest on Monday demanding hospital authorities should fill the vacant posts as soon as possible. The employees said there are 2000-3000 patients in the hospital daily and due to staff shortage, patients cannot be given justice.

The protest started at 8.00 am on Monday, demanding filling up of vacant positions and stating there is an increase in work pressure due to a shortage of doctors, nurses and lab technician. Dr Pradeep Angre, the medical superintendent at Shatabdi Hospital, said, “The nurses and medical staff have been protesting since morning and we are trying to resolve the situation. We have taken their demands into consideration and the nurses have agreed to resume their work.”

As per the Outpatient Department (OPD) basis, Shatabdi Hospital sees a footfall of around 2,000 patients. It is also the hospital which caters to people who have been victims of rail accidents on the Western Railway line. But, due to the shortage in staff, the injured persons are given primary treatment and are then transferred to other major civic-run hospitals. After deliberations between hospital authorities, the nurses agreed to return to work, once the authorities ensured that their demands would be taken into consideration.

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