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More than 2,000 contractual staff nurses cease work agitation for the fourth day in a row

Bhubaneswar21/12/17;: Health services in several government-run hospitals were thrown out of gear as more than 2,000 contractual staff nurses, appointed under the National Health Mission (NHM), went on with their cease work agitation for the fourth day in a row.

Demanding regularisation of their service and hike in salary, thousands of contractual nurses staged demonstration before district hospitals while their state-level body has been staging agitation in the state capital.

Healthcare services were hit in Cuttack’s SCB Hospital as hundreds of nurses staged dharna before the office of the hospital superintendant. Similarly, nurses also went on cease work stir at Burla based VSS Medical College and Hospital and MKCG Hospital in Berhampur.

“The nature of our work is no less than the regular nurses. We have been working with utmost sincerity since last six years. Most of us are specially trained to deal with Sick Newborn Care Units and Intensive Care Units (ICU). However, our service has not been regularised despite repeated pleas to the government,” said Kamalini Sahoo, a nurse who is part of the agitation.

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