Maha: Govt imposes MESMA act on nurses, technicians strike at Sassoon Hospital 

The Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) which prohibits doctors from going on strike, will now be extended to other supporting staff of the hospital

Maha: Govt imposes MESMA act on nurses, technicians strike at Sassoon Hospital

Minister of state for Medical Education Ravindra Chavan, said that Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) is made applicable to B J Medical College’s Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) from July 07. He informed about this on Monday in the State Legislative Assembly.

The Bombay High Court, last week, had directed the state government to take an appropriate decision on prohibiting nurses, technicians and other support employees from hospital from going on strike.

Last week, the Maharashtra Government Nursing Association had called an indefinite strike over the issue of transfer orders of some of the nurses. The court had also ordered Pune police to give protection to those nurses and other staff who are willing to work.

Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean of SGH, said, “The work at Sassoon Hospital is going on smoothly and all the patients are getting treatment at the hospital. We have ensured that there is no law and order issue in the hospital and no services are hampered.”

Anuradha Athavale, President of Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation, said, “We had decided to go on a strike against the transfer order of some nurses. But, since government has decided to implement MESM Act, we could not carry out strike. We have not decided our plan of action and we will take legal opinion.”

What does the MESMA act consist of?

Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) 2011

The Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) 2011 has given authority to police to arrest a person without issuing warrants. It states:

  • Any police officer can arrest any person without any warrant who is reasonably suspected of having committed any offence under this Act.
  • All offences under this Act is non-bailable and can be imprisoned for a term which extends to one year or with fine that extends up to 2,000 rupees or both.