Govt docs to protest from February 15

The doctors on Saturday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister urging him to fulfil their demands. If their demands are not met, nearly 4,199 doctors from the association are ready to quit work.

Dr H N Ravindra, President, KGMOA, said that all medical doctors under KGMOA will stop working from February 15 if the government does not take any decision within February 10. “It has been three months since the state government announced increase in our pay but it has not been implemented. We have decided to go on sick leave from February 15. The KGMOA doctors will not attend emergency or casualty services at the designated hospitals," he said.

Last year, the doctors from the KGMOA had submitted their resignation on September 29 after the government ignored their demands. Following a cabinet decision, the government had announced on October 28, 2009 increase in pay, which was to be implemented from the same month (October). However, till date the same has not been implemented. “As we have already submitted our resignation, we will just ask the government to relieve us from our duties," said Dr Ravindra.

On KGMOA's decision to stop work, Health and Family Welfare secretary Ramana Reddy, said, “All their demands have been fulfiled except for one particular demand, which still needs to be resolved. Members of KGMOA want all the demands to be fulfiled at the same time,” he said.

However, Dr Ravindra pointed out that the ‘small hitch’ was consideration of contract period for claiming allowances. “The government is mum about the issue on contract period. It had agreed to confirm post graduate students working on contract basis,” he added.

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