Strike at Charak hospital leaves patients suffering
POKHARA, Nov. 15: Patients at the Charak Hospital at Naya Bazaar here are facing problem due to the ongoing strike by the hospital staff.
The employees at the hospital are on a strike since November 5 at the call of All Nepal Health Labour Association. The strike has been initiated to press for the fulfillment of 23-point demand, including 50 per cent increment in salary.
The hospital management has alleged that the All Nepal Trade Union Federation which is close to the UCPN (Maoist) has been instigating the hospital employees to go on strike.
Deependra Pokharel, the finance controller at Charak Hospital, said that the hospital was going on loss at present and the labourers demand could not be met. He said the hospital management has adopted the ´no work-no pay´ policy.
There are 450 employees including doctors and labourers at the 300-bed-capacity Charak Hospital