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News report suggesting DGHS made an insensitive remark is misleading: Health Ministry

New Delhi: A news report suggesting that an 'insensitive remark' was made by the head of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare against nurses is misleading, stated an official release from the Ministry of Health.
It said that the report indicating that a controversial remark was made a few days ago on the representation of demands by the nurse's group, thus showcasing a lack of empathy towards the nursing profession; it is apparently being blown out of proportion. For all health matters including nursing matters, the Directorate General of Health Services (headed by DGHS) performs the function of technical repository and provides specialised domain-specific technical inputs to the Ministry.

"In health, including nursing matters, policy decisions and their programmatic implementation is the responsibility of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This division of work leads to a harmonious relationship between Dte.GHS and the Ministry," it read.
At present, there are three technical positions relating to the nursing domain in Dte.GHS. They are Nursing Advisor, ADG (Nursing), and Dy. Asst. DG (Nursing) and Deputy Nursing Advisor.
According to an official release, some Nursing Associations have been demanding that these technical posts be transferred from Dte.GHS to the Ministry. Since the present system of technical advice being provided by Dte.GHS and programmatic implementation being done by the Ministry is working in a satisfactory manner, hence the Ministry is not in favour of the transfer of these technical posts from Dte.GHS to the Ministry.
"Dte.GHS is extremely sensitive to the profession of nursing and wishes to see it achieving its rightful place within the medical profession. A section of nurses, it appears, are not satisfied with four technical nursing posts being operated by Dte.GHS and want these posts to be transferred to the Ministry," it read.
It said that the email referred to in the news report is DGHS's response to these Nursing Associations. The representation in this regard received in the Directorate was clearly acknowledged. Moreover, DGHS firmly believes that his Directorate is an integral part of the Ministry and works with the Nursing Programme Division of the Ministry to solve all the problems of nurses. (ANI)

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