At least 15,000 nursing staff in the state of Maharashtra have gone on strike demanding a stay on the recruitment of nursing staff through outsourcing.
Currently, the nurses are only providing emergency services.
In Nagpur as well the services were affected in GMC and IGMC as nursing staff continued their strike and staged a protest for their demands and entered in an indefinite strike as their demands were not met on Friday.
The Maharashtra State Nurses Association (MSNA) had earlier called for a two-day strike on May 27-28.
“None of our demands have been met. So we are going on indefinite strike from May 28,” the general secretary of the MSNA Sumitra Tote said on Friday.
If the recruitment of nurses is outsourced, they will be vulnerable to exploitation and receive lower remuneration, she said. The MSNA has also asked for nursing and education allowances. The Centre and some states pay a nursing allowance of Rs 7,200 and the benefit should be extended to nurses in Maharashtra too.