SC: Frame Guidelines To Help Nurses

  • Supreme Court  asked the Centre to consider framing guidelines to improve the working conditions of nurses, especially those working in metropolitan cities and provide them with a decent life.
  • The Social Justice Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit gave the Centre a four-week deadline to study the problems plaguing nurses, who are forced to work for meagre remuneration.
  • Mr. Narasimha, said the Centre has no control over institutions run exclusively by State governments.
  • In such cases, the States have to take action, but we will take care of the institutions coming under us.
  • The hearing came on a petition filed by the Indian Council of Nurses, which represent over three lakh nurses across the country.
  • The Council’s lawyer, Supreme Court advocate Romy Chacko, argued that hospitals and nursing homes keep in their custody the original certificates of the nurses — a practice more prevalent in the cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and other metros which amounts to bonded labour.
  • Mr. Chacko said the nurses are too poor to approach the courts individually and fight for their basic rights.
  • Mr. Chacko said :They get Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000 a month. They cannot afford to go individually to the court against the hospital management. So the association has come to the highest court.