A meeting of the state senate of the PCMS Specialist Doctors' Association (PCMSSDA), Punjab, was held at IMA House, Ludhiana, under the chairmanship of its state president Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal.
Addressing the meeting Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal and Dr Surinder Pal Bhagat, state president and secretary general respectively of the association said that the specialist doctors working in Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) are feeling suffocated due to poor working conditions, overburden of responsibilities and low pay and allowances as compared to their counterparts in central health services and other states.
Sohal said, "The government has imposed an undeclared ban on the entry of PCMS doctors in teaching cadre in the Government Medical Colleges. They are also concerned about the erosion of their status, increased bureaucratic and political interference and lack of facilities vis-a-vis their qualifications and capabilities."
Dr Surinder Pal said, "A prolonged neglect of the situation by the government has added to the woes of the doctors and sufferings of the parents. This has resulted on part in exodus of serving specialist doctors from the PCMS and added to reluctance on part of fresh specialists to join state health services. The knee jerk reaction of the government to conduct walk in interview of specialists has failed to allure the young specialists."
Pal added, "The state health services will continue to reel under the acute shortage of specialists until holistic measures as proposed by PCMSSDA are implemented by the government."
Pal also said that they are demanding a separate specialist sub-cadre to be created in PCMS. The other demands include the higher qualification allowance (HQA) given to specialists doctors should be increased to 50 percent of their basic pay and promotion avenues should be created for specialist doctors through a cadre review and all posts of medical teachers in state medical colleges should also be filled via promotion of eligible specialists PCMS doctors.
Dr Avinash Jindal, president of the Ludhiana unit, demanded that in order to promote continued medical education activities amongst specialists' doctors their academic allowance (AA) should be raised to 5% of their basic pay.
Homeopathy camp held at Dhandari Khurd
Ludhiana: A free homeopathy camp was organised at the sub-centre of health department at Dhandari Khurd on Tuesday.
A total of 104 patients were examined and free medicines were distributed among the patients.
The camp was organised under the guidance of homeopathy medical officer Dr Reena Gupta.
She advised the patients to avoid the cut fruits and unhealthy food items which can harm them.