Government hospitals in Karnataka are likely to face a staff crunch over the next few days on account of a strike called by the Karnataka State Government Medical Officers Association (KSGMOA), which is demanding pay hikes.
The KSGMOA Monday claimed as many as 4,000 doctors who are members of the association had put in their resignations while Health Minister U T Khader said only 911 doctors had quit. The minister claimed that the government has enough back-up doctors to tide over the next few days.
The government doctors have placed 14 demands before the health ministry, including pay hikes. While the government has agreed to a pay hike, it has not agreed to other demands that involve the health policy in the state.
“Resignation of doctors is not a big thing. We have the support of public and private hospitals and interns from medical colleges,” Khader said.
KSGMOA officials, however, said such threats would have no bearing. “There is no point in issuing showcause notices to us. If the government does not heed to our legitimate demands we will start cooperative medical service centres and show them how to run model health facilities,’’ honorary member Dr H Ravindra said.