Kindergarten, 40-hour work week: How the Modi government wants to improve the working conditions of nurses

New Delhi: Kindergartens in all health centers, annual health review, setting 40 working hours per week and compensation for overtime in case of emergency, are some of the provisions of the draft guidelines approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Improve the working conditions of nurses in all health institutions.

The ministry has invited suggestions from the general public and stakeholders in this regard over the next month, after which the draft guidelines will be finalised.

But since health is a state issue, officials say that even after the guidelines are finalized and notified, it will be the responsibility of the states to implement these norms in the concerned health institutions.

In its draft, the ministry cited the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy on “Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030,” which aims to “improve individual, labor and health personnel, including safe and decent access to There was talk of maintaining the environment, including freedom from any form of discrimination, coercion and violence.

In the draft guidelines, it has been made mandatory for healthcare institutions to provide accommodation for nursing staff within the hospital premises or at a reasonable distance.

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