Nurses union demand apology over ‘Don’t speak in Malayalam’ order

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The Malayalee nurses union in Delhi has demanded a written apology and "serious action" against those responsible for issuing the GIPMER circular barring nurses from conversing in Malayalam.

The Malayalee nurses union in Delhi has demanded a written apology and “serious action” against those responsible for issuing the Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) circular barring nurses from conversing in Malayalam and only use English or Hindi.

“It was really shocking for us. We feel that it is a threat to our linguistic freedom. And we need an apology from the concerned person as they have humiliated the whole state,” Fameer CK, representative of Delhi Action Committee of Malayali Nurses told ANI.

A June 5 circular had barred nurses at Delhi government-run GIPMER hospital from converse in Malayalam. They were advised only to use Hindi and English. However, the order was later withdrawn stating that it was issued without the instructions or knowledge of the hospital administration and Delhi government.

Fameer further condemned the issuing of such notice without the approval of the hospital administration and said that a “serious action” should be taken against such “misconduct.”

Very serious matter

“If the administration is saying that they did not have any information, then the matter gets much more serious. It should be treated as misconduct and serious action should be taken if a person who is not concerned to issue a letter and is doing so on official letterhead,” he told.

Fameer further stated that the Action Committee has decided to continue their agitation till an apology letter from the department concerned is issued.

“Also Delhi government should take strict action against the Nursing Superintendent, GB Pant Hospital,” the nurse union representative added.

However GIPMER Medical Director Dr Anil Agarwal today said the order has been withdrawn. “This circular dated June 5, 2021, which was issued by Nursing Superintendent, GB Pant Hospital without any instructions or knowledge of the Hospital Administration and Delhi Government stands withdrawn with immediate effect,” read the new circular issued by Medical Superintendent, GB Pant Institute today.

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