Nurses go on indefinite strike, Delhi govt imposes ESMA

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Government Hospitals’ nurses across the city today proceeded on an indefinite strike, demanding salary hike and better facilities, paralysing the health services in the national capital.
The strike by the nurses, which comes at a time when the national capital is witnessing a sharp increase in dengue and Chikungunya cases, forced the Delhi Government to impose the ESMA against the agitating nurses.
Following the imposition of Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), the nurses may face action for hampering health services in the city. However, the nurses’ associations have claimed that emergency services have been kept out of the stir.
A group of protesting nurses was detained this morning by police and later taken to Parliament Street Police Station.
The agitators alleged that they were raising slogans against the government and hospital authorities, when some policemen dragged them into the buses.
“We are not happy with the response of the government, so left with no option other than strike. But, we are attending emergency and critical cases,” Liladhar Ramchandani, Spokesperson for the All India Government Nurses Federation, said.
The agitating nurses sat this morning outside several government hospitals such as RML and Safdarjung, raising banners of their demands.
The authorities tried to pacify the protestors, saying that the ministry was working on a plausible solution, but in vain, Medical Superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital A K Gadpayle said.

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