Medical techs press for rights, regulations

They want setting up of Allied Professionals Council of India

Members of various groups of allied health services have decided to press for their demands by wearing black badges during working hours for three consecutive days from December 3 to 5.

The main demand is setting up of a body to regulate allied professionals, for which a proposal has been recently rejected by Parliament.

Organised by the Joint Forum of Medical Technologists of India, an umbrella organisation for allied health services groups, the protest will push for three main demands.

“We are asking the Union and state governments to set up Allied Health Professionals Council of India with a view to regulating educational systems in allied health sciences and medical technology,” said Kaptan Singh Sehrawat, general secretary, JFMTI.

Uniformity in pay scales

He said the forum is demanding that disparities in pay scales and allowances be removed, equality in service conditions be brought and cadre review be undertaken. In addition, recruitment rules need to be revised in various categories of medical technology.

“Thirdly, we want contractualisation, privatisation and outsourcing in government health organisations. Instead, vacant technical posts should be filled by recruiting professionals on a permanent basis,” he said.

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