21 January, 2021

Nursing A Grouse

Nurses demand a more traditional and convenient dress code

Nursing A Grouse

THE nursing staff at the Regional Mental Hospital in Yerawada and the Aundh Chest Hospital in Pune are a harassed lot. Threatened with wage cuts and barred from entering the premises because they have adopted a revised dress code, they are left nursing a grouse against the hospital authorities.

It all started with Dil Ka Doctor, a telefilm starring Anupam Kher, in which nurses were shown as romancing rookies dressed in drop-dead outfits and waltzing in the wards. Agitating nurses were more provoked than provocative. Soon the dress code took precedence over the code of conduct. 

A fortnight ago, the Pune-based Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation (MGNF) staged a dharna at Churchgate, Bombay, agitating for a dress code more in keeping with their profession. Their demand: camel-coloured salwar-kameezes, black shoes and an apron with the nursing badge attached to it. The leaders of the 15,000-strong Federation met Chief Minister Manohar Joshi to apprise him of the situation, and submitted a memorandum detailing their...



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