A pan India organisation for medical officers will be formed soon. Slated to be an amalgamation of 18 states and 22 medical officer organisations, the new body would be titled as Government Medical Officer’s Association (GMOA).
The state-based organisation, Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association (MPMOA), will also be a part of it.
Yet to finalise on the by-laws and other agendas of the organisation a preliminary meeting of all the members was held in the city recently. “We had a meeting with all the government officials and are working on creating an organisation which works and fights the cases for doctors on a national level,” said Dr Madhav Hasnani, general secretary, MPMOA.
The state president for MPMOA, Dr Ajay Khare, will be the founding member of this national organisation.
While the organisation will work on addressing special issues related to the medical fraternity, the issue of salaries, packages and promotions will be one of the main agendas pursued by them.
Mainly fighting for equality in pay all around the country, the Madhya Pradesh chapter of this organisation feels that a wide disparity exists among the doctors working in the state and outside the state.
“We are so meagrely paid in the state that a look at the condition in other states may come as a shocker for many. Even if we skip a inter-state comparison, the pay of a doctor in MP is still less compared to people employed in the police, administration and other government departments,” said Dr Hasnani.
Quoting an example of the disparity, Dr Hasnani points that even after spending more than 18 years into the profession, when a doctor gets the position of a chief medical officer, his grade pay goes back to Rs 7,600 from Rs 8,900. “It is a serious fault. Moreover, what we are achieving in 12 years, a person in other government department is getting in a time frame of 8 years.”
Putting forth some uniform rules and regulations related to salaries, the association will demand a similar grade pay salary at all levels. Also, the promotion rate will be same all across the country.