As the indefinite strike by the nursing staff of India’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entered the second consecutive day on Tuesday, emergency services at the hospital took a hit and critical care patients left unattended due to the ongoing strike.
The Health Secretary has issued a strict warning to the protesting nursing staff and directed AIIMS director Randeep Guleria to ensure no disruption of nursing services after the AIIMS-Delhi Nurses' Union went on an indefinite strike.
Mr Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said "It's hereby directed that AlIMS Delhi should ensure that directions of Delhi High Court are strictly complied with without fail and there should be no cessation or disruption of nursing functions in AllMS nor such an action aided or abetted."
The AIIMS administration has issued a letter to the protesting nursing staff stating, "It may be ensured that attendance of all the Nursing personnel who report for duty is mandatorily recorded and those absent, to be marked as such."
AIIMS authorities were reportedly considering curtailing its emergency services. Meanwhile, a high-level meeting was held between top officials of the premier institute of the country, including its Director Randeep Guleria to resolve the situation.