In the Delhi High Court, a plea has been filed to bring the nomenclature of nursing personnel working in private hospitals in the national capital on par with that of government hospitals.
The case, which was brought by the Indian Professional Nurses Association, an NGO, through Advocate Jose Abraham, claims that the change in nomenclature is an honour bestowed on nurses in recognition of their contributions to society.
The Delhi Government, the Centre, the Indian Nursing Council, and the Delhi Nursing Council are named as respondents in the lawsuit.
On September 9, 2016, the Centre issued instructions to change the nomenclature of nursing personnel from “Staff Nurse” to “Nursing Officer.” Nurses working in hospitals run by various state governments received the same.
Various hospitals in the national capital, such as Safdarjang Hospital, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, AIIMS, and others, have been credited with adopting the new moniker.
As a result, the petition claims that giving the accolade selectively on specific nurses while denying it to others working in private hospitals is discriminatory and violates Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.
The petition claims that as the backbone of the healthcare system contributed equally during the Covid 19 pandemic:
“That it would not be out of place to say that bestowing the said honorary recognition on nurses working in government hospitals while denying such recognition to nurses working in private hospitals would be biassed and in violation of the principles enunciated under Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.”
Title of the Case: Indian Professional Nurses Association vs. Union of India and Others