NEW DELHI: Delhi hospital withdrew circular that urged Keralite nurses not to speak in Malayalam after it led to outrage. Administration of the Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) said that the circular was issued without their information.
Delhi government hospital issued a circular asking its nursing staff not to use Malayalam at work as it causes inconvenience to those patients and staff members who can't speak the language.
Issued by the Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER), the circular urged nurses only to speak in Hindi or English, or strict action will be taken against them.
This circular has been signed by the nursing superintendent of GIPMER.
Liladhar Ramchandani, GB Pant nurses' association president, said that a patient complained to a senior officer in the health department, regarding use of the Malayalam language at the hospital.
Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader and Member of Parliament from Kerala, slammed this move by the Delhi government hospital.
Ramchandani, secretary-general of the Delhi Nurses Federation, said that Malayalam as a language has been inserted in the circular. Many nurses across India hail from Kerala.
Nurses working in Delhi hospitals had complained about being forced to work without basic protection as Personal Protective Equipment and face shields.
Malayalam is as Indian as any other Indian language.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 6, 2021
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