Indore : In support of their 7-point demands, the nursing staff of MY Hospital and other associated hospitals went on a day’s mass leave under the banner of Sanyukt Morcha Nurses Association, MP on Monday.

The association threatened the local administration and the government to go on indefinite strike if their demands were not met.

The strike in MY Hospital, Mental Hospital, Cancer Hospital and Chacha Nehru Hospital caused inconvenience to patients and the worse-hit were those admitted in ICUs and CCUs.

However, MY Superintendent Dr AD Bhatnagar denied reports that the strike had hit medical services. “We have asked the para-medic staff from various nursing schools and colleges to attend to the patients and there was no effect of the strike. Besides, some regular nursing staffers were alerted to meet any exigency in the hospital,” Dr Bhatnagar said.

He added that the decision on the demand of nurses would be taken by the Government and the department. They have also alerted the staff over the strike call.

Meanwhile, the striking nurses staged a demonstration at the main entrance of MY Hospital and shouted slogans against the government.

“We don’t have any option but to go on strike as the government representatives gave us assurance to meet our demands but it doesn’t come on papers yet,” Association’s district president Sohanlal Sharna said.

He further said that their 7-point demands include separate norms for recruitment of nurses, promoting nurses as Grade II employee and to release four pending increments immediately.

“We will go on indefinite strike from November 16 if no action was taken by the government.” Sharma added.

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