The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association on Saturday announced to go on a two-day strike from Monday to protest against the mass transfer of doctors.
The decision is likely to hit health services as the association is the largest body of doctors in the state.
The decision was taken at a state body meeting of the association held in Ludhiana under the chairmanship of patron Dr RS Buttar and president Dr Hardeep Singh.
The doctors said they would not provide outdoor patient care services or do any post-mortem; neither would they provide services for medico-legal cases or medical examination of people in police custody.
The association said doctors would provide only emergency and delivery services to pregnant women in larger interest of society.
The services are likely to remain affected mainly at primary health centres, civil hospitals and district hospitals, which are run by the health department.
The services in medical colleges and rural dispensaries won't be affected as these don't fall under the health department. Doctors from medical colleges and those working under the rural development department who form a significant number are also not part of the strike.
Another association -- PCMS Specialist Doctors' Association, which has limited members -- is also not going on strike.
The association said in case of a mishap, the state government would be held responsible. The association said in case the government did not roll back all transfers, they would intensify the agitation. "We will gherao the health minister and the secretary," said Dr Gagandeep Shergill, general secretary of the association.