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Medicine has become a lucrative business: Delhi High Court remarks on Nurses Plea


Medicine has become a lucrative business: Delhi High Court remarks on Nurses Plea

The plea sought a declaration from the court that nurses in private hospitals and nursing homes are entitled to same benefits and salary as their counterparts in government hospitals.

New Delhi: While hearing a PIL alleging that nurses were being financially exploited in private hospitals and nursing homes in the city, the Delhi High Court remarked that ‘education and medicine have become a lucrative business’.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Centre and sought its stand on the plea, which claimed that situation of nurses in private medical institutions has not improved despite a direction by the Supreme Court to protect their rights.

The Centre, represented by advocate Manik Dogra, told the court that the guidelines on salary and working conditions of the nurses have been framed and it was the duty of the individual states to implement them.

The bench observed that the petition “discloses exploitation of the nurses”. It said that “education and medicine are lucrative business now”.

It listed the matter for further hearing on October 8 with another similar plea.

The petition was moved by the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) alleging non-compliance of the apex court’s January 29 direction to the Centre to form a committee to make recommendations for improving working conditions and salary of nurses in private hospitals and nursing homes.

The plea, filed through advocate Romy Chacko, claims that nurses in private medical establishments were “working on meagre salaries and living in inhuman conditions”.

Apart from seeking compliance of the apex court’s direction and guidelines on better pay and working conditions, the plea has also sought a declaration from the court that nurses in private hospitals and nursing homes are entitled to same benefits and salary as their counterparts in government hospitals.

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that Private hospitals in the capital will have to pay a minimum salary of Rs 20,000 to nurses, a Delhi government notification had directed.

Read Also: New Delhi: Pay Minimum Rs 20,000 salary to Nurses, Private hospitals told




Source: PTI 
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    Dr Ramesh Vardhan August 4, 2018, 10:55 am

    Unfair, inhuman behaviour of the HOSPITALS ,those who exploit the SERVICES of the qualified, knowledgeable and skillful and COMMITTED NURSING STAFF .THEY SHOULD BE PAID AT LEAST 50%OF THE REMUNERATION THAT OF THE DOCTORS. But really HARD TO Find the knowledge, skillful PROFESSIONALS in India . Those who are good , either leave the country for better opportunities or set up their own practice (having enough money). And others look for GOVERNMENT jobs, join Medical COLLEGES and rest will compite with the quacks ultimately to be a qualified quacks..

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    Ashutosh Kumar Pandey August 4, 2018, 5:15 am

    Sadly I have to agree with court on this one. Nurses in India are definitely Hugely underpaid.. and definitely Expoloited more than doctors.

    But then Govt should also not try to over-control the health care delivery sector. You can not force Provate hospital to charge less to patinet and simultaneously pay more to staff. Because charging patients is the only way of income to them.

    Already many hospitals are reducing number of nursing staffs and doctors post price control by govt. And its affecting quality of care.

  3. To give on par with govt Hosp. Salary, first courts shud give benefits to pvt hospitals of govt hospitals..

  4. That’s right – only illiterate and educated illiterate politicians appointed in the government must get good salaries.
    Supply demand should not affect only politicians

  5. There is exploitation in every avtivity. If medicine and education is a lucrative business what about court advocates telecom real estate. So the comment nu judicial person is uncalled.