Nurses observe boycott across Sindh

July 06, 2019

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NURSES protest outside the press club on Friday.—Online
NURSES protest outside the press club on Friday.—Online

KARACHI: Nurses of Sindh continued their demonstration and boycotted duties all over the province on the second consecutive day on Friday to press the health authorities to accept their “genuine” demands forthwith.

They boycotted duties in all government hospitals of the province to raise their voice for approval of health professional allowance, increase in stipend for nursing students, financial powers for nursing school principals and promotion of nurses under the four-tier formula.

As a result, patients’ care remained badly affected in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, National Institute of Child Health, Sindh Government Lyari General Hospital, Sindh Govern­ment Qatar Hospital and other health facilities.

The nurses of Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Mirpur­khas, Jamshoro, Shikarpur, Mithi, Jacobabad, Ghotki, Badin, Kashmore, Dadu and other cities also continued boycott of duties and protest.

Sindh Nurses Alliance central leader Eijaz Ali Kaleri said that no official of the Sindh health department had contacted the protesting nurses despite the passage of two days. He said Sindh nurses wanted to implement written agreement signed by the secretary health of Sindh and nurses’ representatives.

He said nurses would announce future line of action through a press conference on Saturday (today).

Published in Dawn, July 6th, 2019