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PCMS doctors wear black badges to protest against govt

punjab Updated: Mar 18, 2013 19:02 IST
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In response to the call given by the PCMS Association Punjab, the PCMS doctors from across the district on Monday observed 'protest week' against the alleged wrong attitude of the state government towards their demands.

The doctors wore black badges to work to mark their protest, which would continue for a week.

The association members demanded that the new PG admission policy be rolled back and every specialist be given specialist increment, and every doctor be given conveyance allowance.

They also sought senior administrative grade for SMO's, higher administrative grade for civil surgeons and specialist scale for specialists with assured career progression.

Dr Sachin Goel, general secretary of district PCMS Association, said the state health services had been facing acute shortage of doctors as several posts were lying vacant.

Dr Balwinder Kumar, regional organising secretary of the association, said the PCMS doctors of civil surgeon office, civil hospitals in Ludhiana, Samrala, Jagraon, Raikot, Sudhar and Sahnewal, and other hospitals, also wore black badges and held protest and meetings.

Dr Hardeep Singh, state president of the association, accused the state government of anti-doctor policies.

He said there are 4,500 posts of doctors for general duty and specialists. He said out of the 4,500 posts, there are 1,900 posts for specialists, while remaining posts were for doctors of general duty. He said 26% posts of general duty and 38% posts of specialists were lying vacant.

The union members said the agitation would continue till their demands were accepted, adding that the association would intensify their agitation if the state government failed to accept their demands.

The doctors will organise a meeting on Tuesday to mark their protest.