Haryana: 1,250 doctors threaten to quit if demands not met

“All the resignations have been signed and given to our association and the same would be given to the CM if the government doesn’t act on our demands,” said Dr Jasbir Singh, president, HCMS Association.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published:September 12, 2016 5:36 am

Up in arms against the state government, as many as 1,250 doctors of Haryana signed en masse on a resignation letter at a general body meeting held at Karnal Sunday. The doctors, part of the Haryana Civil Medical Services (HCMS), threatened to hand over their resignations to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar if their demands were not fulfilled.

“All the resignations have been signed and given to our association and the same would be given to the CM if the government doesn’t act on our demands,” said Dr Jasbir Singh, president, HCMS Association.

At the meeting, the doctors also decided to go on mass casual leave on September 19 and 20 as a mark of protest. “We have given these few working days to the government to fulfill our demands. Also, we will go on a casual leave en masse. A few volunteers would be deputed for post-mortem cases,” added Dr Singh.

Calling the newly issued transfer list of 475 doctors “irrational”, the doctors have demanded that the list be cancelled immediately. The doctors said if any particular doctor is relieved of his duties, he will not leave and the strike across the state would begin immediately.

Although Health Minister Anil Vij has put the doctors’ transfer on hold citing certain irregularities in the data, the same is expected to be released within two-three days. Doctors are demanding that the transfers be entirely cancelled.

Among the demands of the association include special package to specialists, allowances at par with central government and others.

“Due to shortage, doctors are overburdened and consequently delivery of health care services is getting compromised. New doctors are not joining the government and exodus of serving doctors is a matter of grave concern. To attract and retain specialist doctors the government must come out with a special financial package for them.

Allowances should be at par with the cental government,” stated the memorandum that was submitted at the residence of Haryana CM in Karnal on Sunday.

The doctors also urged for an improvement in working conditions. A few days ago, a doctor had sought VRS for a similar reason in the hospital.

As per the figures provided by the body earlier this week, out of the sanctioned 2750 posts of Medical Officers in the state, only 1634 posts have been filled. In case of Senior Medical officer’s (SMO) out of 450 sanctioned posts, only 311 are filled, the body said.

The association had further stated that of the 485 Primary Health Centre (PHCs)in the state, no doctor is posted in 72 PHC’. Of the 112 Community Health Centre (CHC) in the state, in four centers there are no doctors, they said.