₹20,000 minimum wage for nurses: What it means for corporate
For hospital businesses facing challenges following rising budgets and a fall in profits, the recent Delhi High Court (HC) order, directing the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to fix minimum wages of nurses in hospitals with less than 50 beds at ₹20,000, has aggravated the situation.

The high court has directed the Delhi government to implement the Supreme Court’s order related to minimum wage and working conditions of nurses in private hospitals. An expert committee, set up by the Centre in pursuance of the SC order, had recommended a minimum wage of ₹20,000 for nurses working in hospitals with less than 50 beds. It also said the working conditions of nurses in private hospitals should be on a par with nurses at government hospitals.

-The number of nurses employed in a private hospital is 3-5 times more than the government hospital for the same number of beds
-The minimum wage order will increase the budget of private hospital, which is unlikely to be sustainable

Corporate hospitals have argued that the Supreme Court-appointed committee had said hike in salary be implemented through legislation, while in case of Delhi, it has been done through an administrative order. Officials from corporate hospitals claim that their business was suffering and a hike in nurses’ salary will hit sustainability.

“While operating expenses in a hospital keep increasing at a normal rate driven by the inflation, there is no provision of hospitals increasing their rates for various medical procedures. There is growing perception that private healthcare providers were generating huge profits, on the contrary hospitals are finding difficult to survive,"

According to the high court order, in case of more than 200-bed hospitals, salary given to private nurses should be at par with the salary of state government nurses given in the concerned State/UT for the similar or corresponding grade. In case of more than 100-bed hospitals, salary given to private nurses should not be more than 10% less compared with salaries of state government nurses given in the concerned State/UT for similar or corresponding grade.

In case of 15-100 bed hospitals, salary given to private nurses should not be more than 25% less in comparison of the salary of state government nurses given in the concerned State/UT for similar or corresponding grade. Salary given to private nurses should not be less than ₹20,000/– pm in any case even for less than 50-bed hospitals.

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Dr. S●●●●●m S●●●●y P●●●●●l
Dr. S●●●●●m S●●●●y P●●●●●l Family Medicine
My dear friendsThis is quite a complicated situation. On one hand,even if the Delhi Government had not passed this order,for ANY profession,how can ANYONE survive on wages less thank 20000 permonth? On the other hand,the Corporate point of view is absolutely correct. It is the Corporate (except for a chosen few good Govt hospitals) that forms the backbone for treatment in India. No one will even dream of willingly admit their loved ones in a Govt. Hospitals for treatment. The Survival of Good Corporate Hospitals is vital.... Read more
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Dr. V●●●●a R●●●n Ophthalmology
Corporate Hospital are becoming backbone of Health care in India but to limited percentage of people. And the amount of charges for services is definitely very high. In such situations I don' t think by raising minimum salary of Nurses to 20000/ is going to unbalance the economy of corporate Hospitals. One must not forget the huge responsibility the Nursing staff carries out in management of patients. It' s a good decision in favour of Medical care.... Read more
Aug 19, 2019Like2