The private hospitals and nursing homes under Karnataka government may soon have to pay Rs. 40,000 to junior doctors and Rs. 10,140 to nurses as a minimum salary.
The labour department has issued a notification seeking suggestions and objections to the proposed modification under the Karnataka Minimum Wages Act, 2016. The revised minimum salary notification dated February 16, covers every healthcare facility from individual hospitals and small nursing homes to large chains healthcare providers.
According to the notification, the minimum wage for junior doctors with a degree should get Rs. 40,000, a diploma holder Rs. 10,000, for nurses Rs. 10,140 – Rs.11,180 and matrons and clinical supervisors Rs. 9,802 – Rs. 10,790.
The recommendation comes after the Supreme Court directed the Centre to set up a committee to investigate the living conditions and salary structure of nurses employed in private hospitals and nursing homes. On September 20, the health ministry had asked to all states and Union territories in communication with chief secretaries to formulate the legislation and revert by April this year.
Additional chief secretary, labour department, said that the notification was issued as per recommendations by the government-appointed committee focused on the working conditions of junior doctors, nurses and medical and non-medical staff in private hospitals.