Stern response : Nursing students pulled into duty, Section 144 clamped

In the wake of Indian Nurses Association(INU) nurses refusing to budge unlike peers, the District Collector has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Kannur.

The order requires all nursing colleges to stall classes for five days from Monday and depute all students except those in first year to compulsorily work in hospitals.

Students would be paid Rs. 150 daily and those shying away from work would face expulsion from the course if necessary, an official said.

The decision, district administration stated, has been in the wake of fever outbreaks. 80,000 nurses were set to launch indefinite protest since July 17, while  UNA affiliated members have returned to work waiting for outcome of CM intervention until Wednesday 19 July.

The present agitation demanding basic pay rise to Rs. 20,000 instead of the mediated Rs. 17,000 has paralysed private healthcare sector, with some managements considering hospital closures.

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