Nurses’ strike resumes, paralysing RIMS once again


IMPHAL, June 12: The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences Nursing Association has resumed its strike after the hospital authority came out with a fresh order regarding the promotion of six assistant nursing superintendents, paralysing the hospital since 10am today.

The order for the promotion had been put on hold since some days back following an uproar from the nurses association.

On May 26, the nurses association had launched an indefinite cease work strike at the hospital alleging irregularity in their promotion to the post of assistant nursing superintendent.

Demanding review of the promotion orders, the agitating nurses met with the medical superintended the same afternoon, but failed to come to any conclusive agreement.

Their main contention being that the promotion was affected on the basis of minority reservation as per the authority after overlooking 13 staff nurses in the seniority list.

The strike was called off on May 27, after the agitating nurses was assured of positive action by the hospital authorities.

The recalled strike created many grievances for the patients admitted at the hospital today.

Speaking to the media, one of the agitating nurses said following assurances from the hospital authorities on their demands, they had suspended their earlier agitation.

During a meeting on the issue, the authorities had assured that the demand for promotion of schedule castes, schedule tribes, minorities and OBCs will be placed before the concerned union ministry, and to she said.

However, in contrary to the assurance, the authorities issued the official order for the promotions, she lamented.

Now the association has also decided to continue with the agitation unless they receive a positive response from the authorities.

At present only 22 nurses on contract basis are looking after the whole hospital, said a source.



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