Private hospitals in the State have made a decision to shut down from Monday to deal with the statewide agitation taken out by nurses demanding salary hike.
It was a routine hospital visit for Ed Lukaszewicz, but what wasn't routine was seeing the line of nurses outside Tufts Medical Center. "We have more than 320 experienced nurses here to care for patients", said Tufts Spokesperson Rhonda Mann. "And the action could have been prevented".
The strike on Wednesday was the largest nurses' strike in the state's history and the first strike at a major Boston hospital in about 30 years.
The nurses are seeking more staffing so they can spend more time with patients, along with an increase in their salaries and enhancement of their pensions. Hence there will definitely be escalation in the treatment cost, " said Dr M I Sahadulla and Dr A Marthanda Pilla, president and vice president of the state unit of Association of Healthcare Providers India The united nurses association and Indian nurses association has called for an indefinite strike from Monday in the state boycotting work.
The managements of private hospitals have chose to operate only the intensive care units in emergency situations.
"Part of the MNA playbook is staging a dramatic scene the morning after a strike". We communicated this to our nurses through emails, meetings and letters sent to their homes. They want to work. This would mean that a qualified nurse would not get more than Rs 20,000, association sources said. We went to the table with open minds, ready to once again be creative and resourceful in reaching an agreement that best meets the needs of our nurses, but the union recycled the same retirement proposal that is risky for our nurses and expensive for the hospital.
"I would much rather our own nurses be here to care for our patients, but the MNA told them to leave our patients, so our responsibility is to makes sure we have the right nurses to care for our patients and that's what we have done", Hudson-Jinks said.