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Orissa faces healthcare crisis as doctors go on strike

A major crisis awaits Orissa’s public health care service. More than 2500 government doctors have threatened mass resignation and to cease work from April 18, if the state government failed to implement the dynamic assured career progression (DACP) scheme immediately, repors Priya Ranjan Sahu.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2010 23:19 IST
Priya Ranjan Sahu

A major crisis awaits Orissa’s public health care service.

More than 2500 government doctors have threatened mass resignation and to cease work from April 18, if the state government failed to implement the dynamic assured career progression (DACP) scheme immediately.

Doctors in the state have gone on strike twice demanding implementation of DACP in the last two years.

This time the decision to go on a strike and mass resignation was taken by the state body of government doctors, Orissa Medical Services Association (OMSA), on Sunday, following transfer of 159 doctors on Friday.

The government doctors’ body has also decided not to admit new patients from Monday. “We will not hold any discussion with the government till DACP is implemented immediately,” said Dr Madhusudan Mishra, president, OMSA.

The government doctors had threatened to go on mass strike March 2008 demanding several facilities, including specialist allowance, cadre reconstructing and junior class I status at entry level. But they had withdrawn their agitation in March after Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik had assured a package.

The doctors again took recourse to agitation in December 2009. The state government invoked Essential Services and Maintenance Act (ESMA) forcing them to rejoin duty. However, the government also gave a written assurance to implement DACP.

The latest transfer of 159 doctors on Friday renewed their agitation. “It is a deliberate move by the government to demoralise OSMA’s movement,” Mishra said.

Orissa health and family welfare minister Prasanna Acharya said that health services would not be allowed to suffer. “Action will be taken against doctors if they do not join duty as per their transfer orders,” he said.

Acharya said that government was considering the doctors’ demand for implementation of DACP.