A delegation of doctors of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association met Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jayani at his residence in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Association general secretary Dr Gagandeep Shergill and association patron Dr Daler Singh Multani informed the minister that the doctors were allegedly being 'humiliated' by junior revenue officials.
The minister was also informed that on March 21, when Jaswant Singh, a tehsildar at Chamkaur Sahib in Rupnagar, had conducted an inspection at a local hospital. Doctors raised an objection saying while a tehsildar was a class-two officer, a doctor was a first-class officer. "So the tehsildar was not eligible for conducting inspection,"they said, adding such unauthorised inspections dampen the moral of doctors and health workers, and lead to wastage of time.
Meanwhile, the minister assured them a circular will be issued that no official below the level of deputy commissioner (DC) would be allowed to conduct inspections at hospitals. Also, the association claimed that the minister said the deputy commissioner should be accompanied by a civil surgeon during the inspection.
The association apprised minister that they were not happy with the government's decision to hire doctors at the basic salary for the first two years, which was rs 21,000 for medical officers and rs 22,000 for specialists doctors.