New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response of the Centre and state governments for framing guidelines for hospitals, particularly private ones, to prevent them from retaining original certificates of nurses at the time of their employment.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia issued notices to Ministry of Health and Family Affairs and state governments on a PIL alleging that harassment and hostile attitude of the various hospital authorities under them, continuously violating the fundamental rights of various nurses working all over India.
The PIL filed by Indian Professional Nurses' Association (IPNA) submitted that the nurses are "literally treated as bonded labourers and are asked to make payment to get back their certificates".
IPNA's advocate Deepak Prakash submitted that there are no guidelines to protect and safeguard the interest of nurses working in various hospitals in different states and the authorities concerned are unnecessary harassing them....more
05:44 PM, May 07, 2012