Purchase of emergency medicines hit as TB hospital staff strike continues

Monday, 24 February 2014 - 10:00am IST | Agency: DNA
  • Sewri TB hospital’s clerical staff stage a protest in front of the supritendent’s cabin, demanding a separate office for themselves outside the building. Swapnil Sakhare DNA

As the clerical staff of Sewri TB hospital continues to be on strike, purchase of emergency medicines is increasingly getting affected. The clerks, who are scared of getting infected by tuberculosis, have demanded shifting of their office out of the hospital premises.

More than forty clerks working at the hospital started their strike on February 18. On Monday, representatives of the clerical staff are going to meet the administration for the third time within a week to end the deadlock.

The clerical staff had earlier met Dr Umesh Aigal, chief medical superintendent of the hospital. Though the administration has promised them a new office, the clerks continue to be on strike saying they want a temporary office and cannot continue working in the present premises.

"The clerks have demanded transformation of the canteen meant for workers or the recreation room meant for doctors into their temporary office. But both workers and doctors have opposed the idea," said the senior doctor.

Sources at the hospital said the fear of the clerks that they will contact TB is baseless. "We conduct tests for all staff, including the clerks, every three months and since 2011 no clerical staff has ever got TB," said the source.

Mahesh Dalvi, secretary of the Municipal Mazdoor Union, said that they are protesting because the present office is in a dilapidated condition. "It is in a dilapidated condition. The executive health officer had agreed to shifting the office three months back but nothing has happened till now. So, we decided to protest," said Dalvi.

"We are told that they are going to give us a temporary accommodation," added Dalvi.

Meanwhile, the hospital has asked vendors to give emergency medicines on a credit basis. "We had medicines in stalk but have told the vendors to allow purchase of emergency medicines on a credit basis," said the senior doctor.

Demand for new office outside hosp
More than forty clerks working at the hospital started their strike on February 18. They had earlier met Dr Umesh Aigal, chief medical superintendent of the hospital. Though the administration has promised them a new office, the clerks continue to be on strike. "The clerks have demanded transformation of the canteen meant for workers or the recreation room meant for doctors into their temporary office. But both workers and doctors have opposed the idea," said the senior doctor. Sources at the hospital said the fear of the clerks that they will contact TB is baseless. "We conduct tests for all staff, including the clerks, every three months and since 2011 no clerical staff has ever got TB," said the source.


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