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Private Hospitals to pay Rs 20,000 minimum wage to nurses: Govt Committee

Private Hospitals to pay Rs 20,000 minimum wage to nurses: Govt Committee

Mumbai: Private Hospitals may soon have to pay Rs 20,000 per month as minimum wages to nurses. This comes after recommendations were given by a government appointed committee ,to look into the matter of better working conditions for nurses in private hospitals,

A committee pointing out the difference in payscale of nurses and doctors has recommended increased pay scale for nursing staff in all the private hospitals running in the country. The recommendation comes after the Supreme court directed the Centre to set up a committee to investigate the living conditions and salary structure of nurses employed in private hospitals and nursing homes.

It is a noted fact that the salary given to the nurses working in private hospitals is visibly less than what the nurses in government hospitals are earning.Moreover, the amount differs from state to state. Arun Kadam, executive president of Maharashtra State Nurses Association, while talking about private sector pay scale for nurses in Maharashtra told TOI, “Many in the private sector take home Rs 2,500-6,000 a month. Even housemaids get paid more.”

Even the committee has noted on the issue of salaries in the private sectior, “Their (nurses) pay and working conditions is really pathetic and some steps are required to be taken to uplift the standard of working conditions in respect of nurses.”

Following the same, the committee has now given some recommendations for improving the salary structure of nurses in private hospitals.

The new recommendation covers every healthcare facility—from stand-alone hospitals to tiny nursing homes to large chains and brands.

The recommendations are as follows:

  • Wages of nurses in hospitals with more than 200 beds should be on par with that of nurses in government hospitals in the respective states.
  • Wages of nurses in hospital with more than 100 beds should not be less than 10 percent of the salaries of nurses in corresponding government hospitals.
  • Wages of nurses in hospitals with 50-100 beds should not be less than 25 percent of the salaries of nurses in corresponding government hospitals.
  • In hospitals with less than 50 beds, the minimum wages of nurses should be fixed at Rs 20,000.

Work hours, transportation, medical facilities and accommodation too must be on a par with the facilities enjoyed by nurses in government hospitals,” the committee has also noted.

A legislation to this effect may soon come into force. Hindu adds that in a communication to the Chief Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories on September 20, the Union Ministry asked them to formulate the legislation and report back by October 20, 2016.

Source: With inputs
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  1. Many of private hospitals staff work\’s like hell, but after years experience ,salary is less than 10,000 to 12,000 & deduction is on every single minor mistake. No any medical facilities, no accommodation, no travelling facilities. No ratio. Everyone is earning bcz of them but no appreciation, no yearly increment too. No one is there to here them too. Some strict survey need to be taken yearly with honest person & strict rules,regulations should follow by government.

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    Dr.rajappan . K .R . July 12, 2018, 7:06 pm

    Recommendation of Rs 20000/ for a qualified nurse is reasonable.Definitely it will reflect on the hospital bill but it is unavoidable and bearable .Health care is costly and it depends on the economical condition of the country.There are many hospitals in the country running with the bare minimum salary of 8000 t o 10000 for the qualified nurses.A country developing rapidly has to take care much on quality control especially on the first need of the people healthcare .So the salary hike is only a part of the game.let us work together for the betterment of the country and the people.

  3. This news is very good for nurses but many hospital and p.s.u ,ntpc hospital not provide this sellary

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    mohan carpenter March 26, 2018, 8:44 am

    Enter your comment here…selery main ejafa hona chaiye

  5. Not more than 6000 is given to the nurse. I don\’t know why nobody is taking any action. On the other side there are many hospitals where mostly doctors disrespect the nurse still they have to work there . Seriously there is no benefit in this profession . After doing a lot of things for people nurse got to listen many bad things about them.