Government doctors planning en masse resignation

Chikkaballapur, Sept 3, DH News Service:

 
Addressing a press meet here on Wednesday, president of district unit of the Government Doctors Association, Dr Chandramohan said that 105 government doctors in the district have already written their resignation letters on Aug 26 itself and they are being forwarded to the State unit. The doctors will decide on their future course of action in pursuance of the directions of the Association.

Discrimination alleged

Doctors serving at Medical Colleges with the same qualification and who work for barely three to four hours a day draw 65 pc more salary while it is not the case with government doctors who work at the hospitals whole day. “Why this discrimination,?” Dr Chandramohan questioned.

The doctors had resorted to a protest across the State a year ago demanding regularisation of services of those appointed on contract basis.
Increasing the minimum salary, ban on further recruitment of doctors on contract basis and provision of basic facilities to government hospitals are some of the demands put forth by the doctors.

High Court intervention

The doctors had prepared for an indefinite stir but had to withdraw the plan following a High Court order. Meanwhile, Health Minister Sriramulu and others had intervened assuring the doctors of meeting their demands. However, since the demands have not been satisfied till date, the doctors have changed the track of their protest and are planning resignation en masse. They have planned to give one week’s time to the government to meet their demands and have have fixed Sep 28 for tendering resignation. Dr J S Anil Kumar, Dr Narasimhamurthy, Dr Prakash, Dr Santhosh were present.

Demands

*  Hike in minimum salary.
*  Ban on recruitment of doctors on contract basis
* Providing basic infrastructure at government hospitals

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