Hundreds of nurses, organised under the banner of the Delhi Nurses Federation (DNF) held a strike from 9 am-11 am each day, on November 4, 5 and 6, demanding regularisation of services and long-due promotions. The DNF has also announced that they will go on mass casual leave on November 16 and go on an indefinite strike from November 30, if their demands are not met.
Protest actions were organised at all the major public hospitals in Delhi — LNJP Hospital, GB Pant Hospital, DDU Hospital, GTB Hospital, Dr BSA Hospital, Dr Hedgewar Hospital, SGM Hospital and others.
The striking nurses have complained that at present there only 6000 nurses for 8000 sanctioned posts. Three new hospitals have come up and the staff from the other government hospitals have been diverted there. There has been an addition of beds, but no addition to nursing staff, they said. They raised slogans against the Delhi government’s health minister and health secretary, accusing them of being indifferent to the problems of the nurses.
Earlier, the DNF had carried out a march to the Delhi Secretariat to press for their demands, including regularisation of services, promotions that are long due and creation of new posts.