Docs to resign en masse on Oct 27

Criticising the delay by government in filling up vacant posts in the Health and Family Welfare department, members of Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association will submit resignations en masse.

Dr Nagendra S R, treasurer of the Mysore district unit of the Association, despite demanding the State government to fill up vacant posts and appoint personnel to the department as per Indian Public Health Standards, the demands have been ignored by the State government.

“While vacancies are a major concern for the department, rather than filling up the posts, the government has decided to reduce the posts,” he said.

Quality of service

Vacancies affect the quality of service provided at government hospitals, and the State government should issue guidelines to fill vacancies in the department in Tamil Nadu model, where vacancies are filled within a stipulated time frame. 

Also, the decision by the State government to merge district hospitals with the Medical Education department, would cause inconvenience to the general public, as implementation of many welfare schemes of the government would be affected, he said.

He said that more than 50 per cent of the posts of specialists in district hospitals were vacant. “Even though the government has decided to fill 800 such vacant posts in 2011, only 11 posts were filled in the State, owing to the discrepancies in salaries, as compared to medical education department. The government should address these concerns soon,” he said.

272 to resign

As many as 272 members of the Association would submit their resignations in Bangalore on October 27.

 “Since, we have to submit our resignations a month in advance, the resignations will be submitted on October 27. If our demands are not met by a month, we will be relieved from service,” he said.

Mandya


Mandya district unit president of the Association Dr K P Ashwath too warned of en masse resignation by all government doctors on October 27 if their demands are neglected.

Addressing a press meet in Mandya on Tuesday, he said the government had assured to fulfill all their demands when they had threatened of mass resignation earlier.

Their demands included filling of vacant posts, rectification of disparity in wages, direct payment for the staff of the hospitals coming under ZP limits and others.
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