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Does Hospital fall under category of Public Utility Service: Court Questions Govt


Does Hospital fall under category of Public Utility Service: Court Questions Govt

If a hospital ( even private) is under the classification of Public Utility Service under the  Industrial Disputes Act, then a six-week notice is required for a person employed in a public utility service to go on strike

Kerala: Raising the issue of whether the staff employed in a hospital can go on strike or not, the High court recently directed the state government to clarify whether hospital service is classified as a public utility service under the Industrial Disputes Act or not.

The high court was responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) that was recently filed with the court seeking a ban on the strike by nurses. It is reported that thousands of nurses under the umbrella of United Nurses Association have been strike outside KVM hospital demanding better pay and working conditions, implementation of the three-shift system and the reinstatement of two colleagues. The nurses body has further threatened to go on a statewide strike from March 5, 2018 if their demands are not met.

Opposing the strike, a PIL was filed with the high court stating that The strike declared by UNA violates the right to life of the general public that is ensured under Article 21 of the Constitution and would have a significant adverse impact on healthcare services in the state resulting in closure of emergency rooms, operation theatres, intensive care units, dialysis units, etc.

Responding to the plea, the court questioned whether a hospital would come under  Industrial Disputes Act as a public utility service or not. A six-week notice is required for a person employed in a public utility service to go on strike, according to provisions of Industrial Disputes Act. Considering the PIL filed by A Sathyan, secretary of Forum for Social Justice in Thiruvananthapuram, the court has issued a directive to send a notice to United Nurses Association (UNA) reports TOI.

“If government fails to address our issues, we will launch an indefinite strike in private sector hospitals,” said UNA state treasurer Bibin Paul. Private sector in the state handles around 70 percent of the patient load

Meanwhile, the Kerala Private Hospital Association (KPHA) has announced that it is going to respond to the strike by deploying ‘efficient’ nurses from other states in place of the striking nurse




Source: with inputs
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  1. Nurses are there specifically for the pleasures of doctors and to submit to the doctors will and desires ….patients are saved by God\’s grace and not by medical intervention so let those who dont require jobs sit and beg but those who are submissive return

  2. U r sick ….need to apologize….let’s see when the bad times comes & how u will face the Doctor/hospital staff ….just guilt remains inside u then

  3. What a me mentality!!! And downright insulting…

  4. What a weird mentality!! And downright insulting….. Warrants an apology….

  5. You are writing nonsense

  6. All those who work should get decent pay depending upon their qualification and experience. Healthcare services are not a charity drive and nurses are integral part of healthcare. They should be respected and compensated decently. The competent authorities should look in to the matter and resolve it logically.

  7. Yeah everything behind money no dedication at patients and work.those who work honestly with dedication are not recognised but explaoted and suppressed.

  8. We don\’t want these nurses anymore….simple…..let them strike and sit….or do manual labour…..we have better options….we won\’t succumb to such creepy souls who jus look for money money money and still don\’t work or serve properly……..and never care about any difficulties thus caused to the public…..

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    Dr Suvro Banerjee February 21, 2018, 9:08 am

    Do not generalise. These are difficult issues. Spend some time for introspection