New Delhi: Hundreds of nurses at the Hindu Rao Hospital and a few other North Corporation-run facilities launched an indefinite strike on Monday over non-payment of salaries for August-October. Also Read - Coronavirus Delhi: Doctors Protest Substandard PPEs as Hindu Rao Hospital Becomes COVID-19 Facility

The strike led by Nurses Welfare Association (NWA) of the largest municipal hospital comes days after the resident and senior doctors of the facility called off their protest after the North Delhi Municipal Corporation released their due salaries till September. Also Read - Coronavirus in Delhi: Hindu Rao Hospital Resumes Partial Services Today After Tracing Nurse Who Tested Positive

The NWA on Saturday had shot a letter to North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash over non-payment of salaries from August-October and had said, it will “begin indefinite strike from November 2”. Also Read - Coronavirus: Hindu Rao, North Delhi's Largest Hospital, Shut After Nurse Tests Positive For COVID-19

“We were left with no other option but to go on a strike. We have a family to run too. Does the NDMC think we will continue to work without salaries. We already did for three months without pay in interest of patients,” said Indumati Jamwal, head of the NWA.

She said nurses of Kasturba Hospital, Rajen Babu Tuberculosis Hospital and Mrs Girdhari Lal Maternity Hospital have also joined the stir.

“About 650 nurses are on strike,” she claimed.

“We hope this strike won’t have to continue for long and our issues will be resolved,” Jamwal said, adding that there is a meeting scheduled with North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash on Monday.

The members of the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) of the 900-bed hospital had been recently protesting for several days and had gone on an indefinite strike, seeking release of salaries due for three months.

Seniors doctors under the banner of Municipal Corporation Doctors’ Association (MCDA) later had also gone on an indefinite strike, and both associations had called off the stir on October 28.

(With inputs from PTI)