Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Specialist Doctors' Association have decided not to do any specialist work in the hospitals on November 17 and 29, to mark their protest for long-pending demands.
The specialist doctors will do only general duty on these two days.
In a meeting held at Jalandhar on Sunday, association state president Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal and organising secretary Dr Raman Gupta said, “After wearing black badges, doing gate rallies and pen-down strikes, now PCMS specialist doctors will stop work in phasic manner and in the first step, no specialist work will be done in hospitals on November 17 and 29.”
Association general secretary Dr Davinder Singh said, “If the government does not consider us in specialist cadre, and provides us facilities like of PCMS, then we will not do any specialist work for two days to show what we really do and how important it is.”
He said, “No doctor wants to let the patient suffer in his/her absence, but government has forced us to do so and thus the responsibility will be on government.
“If the government fails to act on this immediately, the specialist doctors will stop the specialist work completely in whole Punjab in the near future for which government will be responsible,” Dr Sohal said.
Higher qualification allowance (HQA) should be given to all PCMS doctors with post graduation qualification irrespective of date of acquiring PG degree and this benefit should be given from the date of acquiring PG qualification instead of June 2012. HQA should be increased to 50% of the basic pay or 30% of total emoluments.
Non Practicing Allowance (NPA) should be renamed as Special Medical Pay. It should be treated as part of pay for all intents and purposes as in the Central Health Services and upper ceiling of pay plus NPA should be abolished. Anomaly in the pay fixation of PCMS officers should be rectified in which NPA has not been considered as part of basic pay.
Minimum grade pay for newly recruited graduates should be Rs 6,600 and for newly recruited specialists it should be Rs 7,600. Rs10,000 should be given as grade pay to specialist and graduate doctors after 11 and 18 years of service, respectively.
PCMS officers should be provided with vehicles for government duty or should be given 15% of basic pay as conveyance allowance.
Since 1988 PCMS doctors getting Rs 100 and Rs 250 as academic allowance for non-specialists and specialists, respectively which should be increased to 5% of the basic pay.