Updated: December 12, 2021 8:38:28 am
The Haryana Civil Medical Services Association on Saturday said that government hospital doctors will go on a strike from Monday till their demands are met regarding the state’s policy issues.
The association said that out-patient department (OPD) services will be halted from Monday, and all medical services — including emergency and post-mortem — will be stopped from Tuesday if their issues are still unresolved.
In a memorandum to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday, the association listed out their three key demands: creating a specialist cadre for doctors, stopping the direct recruitment of senior medical officers (SMOs) and amending the post-graduate policy. It said these demands were pending despite several representations to the government.
“This is causing great resentment in the cadre. The doctors are being forced to go on the path of agitation. Earlier, on November 9, doctors wore black badges and on November 12, a token pen down strike for two hours was observed throughout the state,” said the memorandum.
Dr M P Singh, vice president, HCMS Association, said, “We had a meeting with director general health services yesterday (Friday) to discuss our demands. The meeting was cordial. Later, another meeting was held with ACS (additional chief secretary), health. In that meeting, our demands were not paid heed to… The behaviour of the state officials in the meeting was humiliating and unacceptable.”
Rajeev Arora, additional chief secretary, health and family welfare, Haryana, confirmed that he met the association members on Friday and informed them that work was already underway regarding two of their demands.
“The association has made three demands. We are already working on the demand for creation of a specialist cadre. In the past 6-8 months, I prepared a concept note and submitted it to the government. It was then put up on the website for a month to take inputs from all quarters in October. We are compiling the comments and are in the final stages of the proposal. The PG policy revision is a continuous process. It has been revised twice under my tenure and I have again taken the initiative to revise the policy. The draft has been prepared and it will be submitted to the health minister and CM in the next ten days. We are working on these demands on our initiative solely. I fail to understand how these are the reasons to go on a strike.”
Arora said the main sticking point was over the third demand – of stopping direct recruitment of SMOs.
“It is not the first time the SMO recruitment is taking place and this kind of dispensation (direct recruitment and promotion quota) exists in all the services. It has been there from times immemorial. The main sticking point of the meeting was regarding stopping of SMO recruitment. Going on a strike over this issue is blackmailing and they are trying to browbeat others. The Health Minister (Anil Vij) has given them time to meet on December 14 and we are also discussing the matter with the association.”
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