Dhanbad’s PMCH outsourced nursing staff on indefinite strike for non-payment of salaries

The outsourced staff comprising nurses, ward boys, and the lab technicians want payment of two months’ salary among other demands.

Updated: Sep 04, 2018 15:52:34

By HT Correspondent

Outsourced paramedics demonstrate at the PMCH main gate, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, on Monday, September 3, 2018. (Bijay / HT Photo )

The outsourced nursing staff of Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) on Monday again went on indefinite strike demanding payment of two months’ salary, three years’ bonus arrear and slip papers of PF and ESI deduction.

The outsourced staff had struck work on August 20 as well for the same reason.

Outsourced staff comprising nurses, ward boys, lab technicians under the banner of Jharkhand Para Medical Staff Association (JPSA) sat at the entrance gate of hospital from early morning, paralysing the health services in the hospital. JPSA staff had already served strike notice to principal and superintendent of PMCH on Sunday.

Outsourced companies, Advance Business Corporate (ABC) and Sriram Enterprises of Jamshedpur, have supplied 465 health staff (425 in the hospital and 40 in the college) as per agreement with state health department.

Nirsa MLA Arup Chatterjee also reached hospital extending his support to the agitating nursing staff. Chatterjee assured them to raise the issue with principal secretary, health, Nidhi Khare to ensure their salary payment so that health service at PMCH does not suffer.

“Besides the two-month salary, the outsourced companies have not paid bonus since 2015. Despite deputy commissioner’s order PF and ESI slip have not been given to staff. So we are compelled to go on indefinite strike again,” said Raju Mahto, secretary of JPSA.

On assurance of Dhanbad mayor Chandrashekhar Agrawal, the staff had called off the earlier strike after two days. But when outsourced staff did not get payment as per the agreement between mayor and representative of ABC till September 1, the staff again resolved to go on strike.

Local manager of ABC, Uma Shankar, did not arrive at the hospital on Monday in wake of the strike.

PMCH superintendent Dr T Hembram said following the strike services in wards of hospital have been affected badly.

PMCH superintendent has called GNM and ANM from training schools to cater to the requirement. Besides GNM and ANM, hospital authority has also requested civil surgeon to send nurses from health department.

“Outsourced companies claimed they have deposited salary in bank accounts of staff. But the staff are not ready to join duty until they see it in their accounts. I have informed principal health secretary about the situation in hospital,” said Hembram.

PMCH is 500-bed hospital but more than 550 patients of different districts are admitted. Besides indoor patients, around 2,700 - 2,800 outdoor patients also visit the hospital every day for treatment. On Monday they had to go back because of the strike.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 15:40:17


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