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AIIMS nurse union begins strike over union president’s suspension

According to the union, Nursing Officer Harish Kumar Kajla was suspended with immediate effect on Monday night in view of the April 22 incident of disrupting OT patient services.

SNS | New Delhi |

Following Harish Kajla, union’s president suspension by the hospital administration, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIIMS) nurse union began an indefinite strike on Tuesday.

According to the union, Nursing Officer Harish Kumar Kajla was suspended with immediate effect on Monday night in view of the April 22 incident of disrupting OT patient services.

Now, the union is seeking immediate revocation of Kajla’s suspension and has shot off a letter to AIIMS director Randeep Guleria.

In the letter to Randeep Guleria, nurses’ union has stated, “In response to your unilateral decision to suspend Harish Kajla, president of AIIMS Nurses Union, without even citing proper reasons, the union has called an emergency executive meeting and decided to go on indefinite strike from 8 a.m., 26/4/2022 demanding immediate revocation of suspension of Harish Kumar Kajla and stopping of all kinds of retaliative measures against union executives and Union members of main OT”.

The union, in its letter further mentioned that: “The union has always been receptive and open to expressing our genuine concerns and version throughout this issue. But unfortunately, we were neither called, nor contacted via any communication which forced us to go on an indefinite strike to safeguard the basic rights of our members.”

However, the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) AIIMS said that the suspension of Kajla is an action taken against his misbehavior.

The RDA also claimed that Kajla had used abusive language against a resident doctor. “Whoever is diverting this matter for political gain , be aware that the RDA, AIIMS is going to fight for the self respect of residents always”, said RDA AIIMS.