Nurses demand high level positions at MoHP

Kathmandu, June 22

Nurses today staged a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Health and Population, demanding that nursing staff also be provided high-level positions in the ministry.

Tara Pokhrel, president of Nursing Association of Nepal, said, “There used to be senior level positions for nurses in the Ministry of Health and Department of Health Services earlier. However, nurses are now not given posts higher than the fourth level.” The posts of senior nursing staff have been removed at all levels.

NAN also claimed that the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Home Affairs had differences over distribution of scholarship to nursing students. “Nursing classes are beginning from July, but the ministries have still not taken any decision on distribution of scholarships.”

Likewise, Nurses of Shahid Dharma Bhakta National Transplant Centre claimed that they have not been provided night duty allowance and salary by the hospital. Nurses claimed that the hospital had not provided them salary for the last three months.

Trajina Jati, one of the nurses at the transplant centre, said they had reached an 11-point agreement with the hospital after protests a year ago. “ The hospital had agreed to regularly provide us our salary and allowances, but it did not keep its promise,” said Jati.