IMA supports the Supreme Courts recent direction asking the Centre to frame guidelines and regulate working condition of nurses in our country
Hospitals can no more ask nurses to sign a service bond and keep their certificates
New Delhi, February 5, 2016: The Supreme Court has recently directed the Centre to frame guidelines to regulate the working conditions for nurses in our country and also consider fixing minimum wages for them. The health ministry has been asked to form a committee within a month to evaluate the working conditions of nurses. This committee is to submit its recommendations to the centre to frame guidelines.
The Indian Professional Nurses’ Association has filed that claims that with no guidelines in place to regulate their service conditions, nurses were being treated as bonded laborers. The hospitals force the nurses to deposit their original certificates and to execute a personal bond, under the terms of which they could leave their jobs, only if they paid a large sum of money.
The bench said that the present system of service bond and keeping of certificates by the hospitals must be done away with. The Indian Nursing Council has been directed to take effective steps in this regard. The Centre has been asked to intervene to address other problems faced by nurses.
Nurses in private hospitals are paid a mere pittance, they are paid an inadequate amount of money and as a result, many nurses migrate to UK, USA, or UAE and other countries for better opportunities and better pay scales. This has led to a considerable shortage of nursing staff for patients in India.
Sharing IMA’s viewpoint, Dr. SS Agarwal, National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee Dr. K.K.Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India and Honorary Secretary General IMA said, “As per Indian Nursing Council (INC) norms, the nurse-patient ratio should be 1:3 for general wards in medical colleges and 1:5 for district hospitals, one in each clinic room of the OPD and 1:1 in ICU, ICCU and other critical care areas. It has been shown that a poor nurse-patient ratio leads to poor quality of nursing care for the patients and adds to workloads of nursing staff, which may again impact safe and effective patient care. This is a welcome step from the Supreme Court and will only enhance delivery of health services to the patients.”