Thrissur : In a striking display of protest against the alleged assault on nurses by the owner of a private hospital, nurses across various hospitals in Thrissur district will organise indefinite strike from today. This strike, organized and backed by the United Nurses Association (UNA), stands as a powerful expression of condemnation against the alleged assault of nurses by the proprietor of a private hospital. The UNA, prominent union representing healthcare workers, has called for the strike to draw attention to what they perceive as a lack of appropriate actions taken against the accused hospital owner.
Efforts to resolve the issue began with a week-long negotiation between the UNA and local authorities with the district collector. However, despite assurances made by the collector, which were deemed unsatisfactory by the UNA, the union has chosen to escalate the situation by calling for an indefinite strike. This strike is not limited to just nurses; employees of the emergency departments are also partaking in the strike, amplifying its impact.
The Thrissur district is home to numerous private hospitals that collectively serve thousands of patients daily. Reports indicate that over 5,000 patients are currently undergoing treatment in these hospitals, and the strike has thrown their care into jeopardy. Hospital management is grappling with the unprecedented challenge posed by the strike as their resources are stretched thin in an attempt to manage patient care amid a severe shortage of nursing staff.
The trigger for this series of events can be traced back to a incident during a discussion held at the Thrissur District Labour Office on the 27th of last month. According to the UNA, the owner of the private hospital purportedly physically assaulted nurses during this dialogue, a claim that has ignited an outrage among the healthcare workers’ community.