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Nursing students ordered to work in hospitals
By AM Abdussalam July 17, 2017
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KANNUR: In view of the continuing strike by nurses in private hospitals in the district and increasing number of deaths due to fever epidemic, the district administration has initiated strong measures to ensure treatment to thousands of patients visiting hospitals daily.

District Collector imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in and around nine private hospitals and directed all nursing colleges in the district to stop classes for five days from Monday.

The Collector has asked eight nursing colleges in the district to depute all students except first year students to work in the hospitals. The strike by nurses in the district entered 18th day on Sunday.

Nursing students who work at hospitals would get Rs150 daily. Disciplinary action would be taken against students who do not appear for duty, and defaulters should not be allowed to continue in classes. Police should provide vehicle facilities for the students.

Police also should provide protection to those hospitals where the nurses are on strike.

The decision of the district administration comes in the wake of refusal of striking nurses for any compromise at talks with district Collector on Sunday. The administration hopes to provide 150 nursing students from the nursing schools in the district to nine private hospitals.

Striking nurses have made clear that they will not back off from the strike and will continue by forming a janakeeya samithi (People’s Committee).

Even though the United Nurses Association (UNA) has agreed to call off the state-wide indefinite strike that was scheduled to begin on Monday, the Indian Nursing Association (INA) has informed that they will go ahead with the indefinite strike plans in Kannur, Kasargod, Kollam and Trivandrum districts.

After the High Court disallowed strike by nurses and the intervention of chief minister’s office, UNA leaders agreed to defer strike plans for three days. However, other forms of ongoing agitations like the fast and sit-in in front of the state secretariat and district collectorates will continue, said UNA leader Jasmin Shah.

The mediation talks will be held at the High Court on June 19. No date of talks with chief minister has been fixed, though UNA leaders had submitted a charter of demands to chief minister’s office.

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