State doctors begin relay fast outside DGMHO office

Protesting against bureaucratic control of their duties,the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Medical Service Association (UPPMSA) started its relay fast Monday at Director General - Medical and Health office at Lucknow.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: November 12, 2013 4:09:06 am

Protesting against bureaucratic control of their duties,the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Medical Service Association (UPPMSA) started its relay fast Monday at Director General – Medical and Health office at Lucknow.

The association has been demanding roll back of an administration order stating doctors of provincial medical services maintain a daily log of duties performed,without which they won’t get their salaries. “With this decision,the administration has turned us into daily wage labourers,” said Dr Sachin Vaish,General Secretary of the Association.

Explaining the problem with the daily diary order,which requires doctors to see at least 40 patients in a day,Dr Vaish says: “It is practically impossible to get 40 patients at primary health centre every day”. He further adds,while the doctors are assigned duties in different slots everyday,the software of daily diary allows them to fill only one duty.

The association is also demanding implementation of Dynamic Assured Career Progression for state doctors as implemented for doctors in central government services,wherein doctors are given promotion or pay scale increments at four,nine,13 and 20 years of service. Currently,the promotion of doctors in state provincial medical service is on the basis of vacant positions at next seniority level.

Monday,around 30 doctors from Varanasi and Lucknow division sat on fast while Tuesday another 20 doctors are expected to replace them.

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