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Nurses demand salary

Nurses working on contract at Patna Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday demonstrated outside the superintendent’s office in protest against non-payment of salary for over three months, partially hitting the healthcare services.

The nurses gheraoed Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) superintendent Amar Kant Jha Amar. They resumed work after almost three years when administrative officials, including the PMCH superintendent, assured them that they would get their salaries soon.

“There are around 615 contract nurses at PMCH. Except 44, none has been given salary for the past three months because they did not return the signed bond, stating that they would not demand regularisation of services and would resume duty on completion of a year after a day’s break. If there is a break of a day in service, employees cannot claim for the regularisation of their services. But the nurses on contract did not give the undertaking and so their salary was stopped,” said a source from the hospital.

Pramila Kumari, a nurse who took part in the demonstration, said: “We had assured the hospital administration that we shall not demand regularisation of services and so there should not be any break in our service. Yet, our salary was stopped for three months. If the hospital administration fails to pay our salary within three days, we would be forced to go on an indefinite strike.”

A permanent nurse of PMCH said the hospital should not take the strike threat of the nurses on contract casually.

“If they go on strike, the healthcare services would be hit big time,” she said.