State buys a week's time to solve docs' issue

The State government on Wednesday sought one week’s time to find solution to the on-going agitation by the Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA).  

At a meeting with the representatives of KGMOA, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar along and Health Minister Aravind Limbavali and Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas have promised a positive solution to the demand by August 15. Deadline extended

Speaking to mediapersons later, KGMOA president Dr H N Ravindra said they have extended their deadline from August 9 to 14 to withdraw their services.  

“We will wait and watch for the government’s decision. We have already resigned from our posts, but will continue to work till August 14,” Ravindra added.

Salary

The Health Minister said the decision would be taken after discussing with the chief minister. 

“The doctors have furnished details of salaries and benefits in the neighbouring states. We will come up with a favourable solution by August 15,” he added.

The doctors contended that they do not wish to hand over 11 district hospitals to the Medical Education Department, as they fear that doctors’ career in the Health department will be limited.  They also demanded allowances and incentives along with their basic salary, as there is disparity in the salaries of doctors working in these departments.  

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