The Kerala CM sought his Delhi counterpart’s intervention after 20 contract nurses were fired by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences Hospital.

 After sacked Malayali nurse attempts suicide in Delhi Pinarayi writes to Kejriwal
news Politics Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 20:03

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal after a Malayali nurse attempted suicide in the national capital.

Jeena Joseph from Alappuzha district had attempted suicide on Friday after her contract job was terminated by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) Hospital in Delhi. She is presently being treated at AIIMS.

Jeena, who had been working on contract basis for five years at the hospital, was reportedly one among 20 nurses who was fired recently.

Calling the decision to terminate their employment an “autocratic decision”, a section of nurses at the ILBS Hospital in Delhi had begun a relay hunger strike five days ago. The protesters allege that most of the staff in the hospital are on contract period and authorities fire them as per their wish.

“They are terrorising the employees with termination of their services... The hospital is taking aid from the Delhi government and using it for private work,” states a press release issued by the employees’ association.

Protesters allege that Jeena was terminated after reporting the ‘injustice’ happening in the hospital to higher authorities including CM Kejriwal. They also alleged that several nurses were locked inside the hospital and prevented from joining the agitation.

Kerala CM took to Facebook to state that that he has sought Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s intervention in the issue.

“The Chief Minister has written a letter to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. The nurses’ demands should be resolved and we should give strength to the nurse who attempted suicide. We have also asked for an inquiry into the factors that led her to attempt suicide,” Pinarayi stated.

 

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