To protest against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards rural health care,rural doctors of the state have decided to observe black day on July 1. This was decided in a state-level meeting of the Rural Medical Services Association,Punjab,here on Sunday.
Dr Aslam Parvez,state president of the association,alleged that the government was not taking a serious view of the demand for regularisation of rural medical officers,against which they would observe a black day throughout the state. Their another demand is to bring their pay on par with the doctors of Punjab Civil Medical Services cadre.
State adviser of the association Dr J P Narula said they had not yet decided to keep the rural dispensaries shut on July 1,because this would inconvenience the patients.
Demanding regularisation of contractual doctors on the lines of Rajasthan,Himanchal Pardesh,Karnataka and Jharkhand,the rural doctors said they would observe a three-hour pen-down strike on July 1 to press upon the government to accept their demands.
State president of Punjab Civil Medical Services Association Dr Hardeep Singh also addressed the gathering and supported the demands of rural doctors. He said the government should roll back its re-employment policy,which would put an extra burden on the state exchequer. He said the decision would harm the interests of young doctors,adding that the doctors would meet on July 11 to discuss further course of action,before which the association would also hold talks with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.