Nurses call off protest after deal with govt

Kathmandu, January 18

Nursing Association of Nepal has withdrawn its protest after signing an eleven-point agreement with the government today.

As per the agreement, the government has ordered reinstatement of nurses who were sacked without following due procedure at Human Organ Transplant Centre. The government directed HOTC to reinstate nurses Trajina Jati, Sapana Deula and Sajana Deula on contract basis for three months and provide 75 per cent salary of Jati and Sajana for the period they were sacked.

The government has also agreed to form a task force to recommend salary hike of nurses,  introduce the provision of appointing nurses in schools and factories, implement the nurse-to patient ratio in hospitals and end exploitation of nursing volunteers.

“We withdrew our protest programmes as the government addressed all our demands,” said Ganga Thapa, acting chairperson of NAN.

The nurses had launched their protest from January 10. They had been halting work for three hours every day.