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Delhi HC seeks Delhi government response on redesignating staff nurses in private hospitals as nursing officers

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The Delhi High Court has recently sought the response of the Delhi Government in a petition preferred by an NGO, comprising nurses, working in private hospitals, seeking a direction to the respondents to change the nomenclature of nursing personnel working in private hospitals from “staff nurse” to “nursing officer”.

A single-judge bench of Justice Rekha Palli has listed the matter for further hearing on December 10, upon Central Government Standing Counsel Nidhi Raman’s request for time to obtain instructions, regarding the applicability of order dated September 9, 2016 to nurses working in private hospitals.

Advocate Jose Abraham, appearing for the Indian Professional Nurses Association, had submitted that the order dated September 9, 2016 is applicable to private hospitals, therefore, appropriate directions need to be passed, in order to ensure that all private hospitals abide by the said change in nomenclature.

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“That it will not be out of place to say that, bestowing the nurses working in government hospitals, with the said honorary recognition and keeping the nurses working in the private hospitals deprived of such recognition, would be biased and in violation of the principles enunciated under Article 14 of Constitution of India,” 

-reads the petition.


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