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Huge pay rise for palliative care nurses in Thiruvananthapuram

09 April 2015

Nurses associated with the Santhvanam palliative care scheme in the Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram are to receive a significant pay increase ahead of the expansion of palliative care services in the city, the Times of India has reported.

The pay for nurses in the scheme has been raised from a rate of Rs 6,000 per month to a much more competitive Rs 10,000 per month. Nurses will now also be entitled to three months of maternity leave when required, whereas previously there had been no such provisions for new mothers.

The move is hoped to attract more nurses to the palliative care teams in the city: “now that the government has raised the money, we could shell out the required sum from the project funds and expand the scheme,” said the chairperson of Thiruvananthapuram’s health standing committee, S Pushpalatha.

Individual nurses are also pleased with the greater investment in their work: "I began with a salary of Rs 3,000. It's the realization that people need us (that) has driven us ahead. We are happy that our remuneration has touched Rs 10,000," one nurse, Radhamani, told the Times of India, while another added that the new rules regarding maternity leave came as a “huge relief.”

The Santhvanam scheme aims to provide high quality treatment at no cost to patients. They are particularly keen to help bedridden patients in financial difficulties.

Read more on the Times of India's website.

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Anil Paleri

The report is confusing.
1. The hike in salary and other perks announced recently by the government of Kerala are for the palliative care nurses working at Local Self Government Institutions in the entire state and not just for one district.
2. This is a government programme but the link out from the article shows this as a charity programme run by a newspaper!

Dr. Anil Paleri, Coordinator, State Palliative Care Project of National Health Mission, Kerala

12/04/2015 05:55:05


They deserve every bit of it and more!

10/04/2015 17:46:58

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