Delhi AIIMS nurses goes on indefinite strike from Tuesday in response to the suspension of their President Harish Kajila. The nurses have demanded the immediate revocation of Harish’s suspension. Kajla was suspended on Saturday, April 23, for allegedly heading a strike by a group of nurses over staff shortage that led to the cancellation of several planned surgeries. Kajla was suspended based on statements provided by doctors and other staffers present during the protest near the main operation theatre.
As per the nurses of the Delhi AIIMS, Kajila who is the president of the union is suspended without a proper reason. The strike starts at 8 am, Tuesday morning. “The undemocratic AIIMS administration will be solely responsible for the consequences if any,” the union said in a letter to the director of the institute.
In an order issued by the AIIMS administration on Monday, nursing officer Harish Kumar Kajla was suspended with “immediate effect” for heading the protests and misbehaving with the duty officer on Saturday. “…Disciplinary proceedings are contemplated against Harish Kumar Kajla, nursing officer…during the period that this order shall remain in force the headquarters (of Kajla) should be New Delhi and (he) shall not leave the headquarters…,” the order read.
A senior official at AIIMS said a show-cause notice was issued to four nursing staff, including Kajla, for Saturday’s incident and action has been initiated against him based on his response and the testimonies of other doctors and nurses who were present during the protest. The resident doctors’ association of AIIMS, which has been demanding Kajla’s suspension after the incident, said on Monday that this “one-off situation” should not be treated as a face-off between doctors and nurses.