Kerala's govt docs to go on strike from May 22
Upset over the Government's 'refusal' to consider its long-pending demands, including a pay revision, the Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) on Sunday, decided to go on an indefinite statewide protest from May 22.
"It is quite unfortunate that the Government has failed to consider our demands thereby forcing us to go on an indefinite agitation," KGMOA President Dr Manoj Narayanan told reporters after the Association's state committee meeting here.
Besides turning a blind eye to the 'just' demands, the Government was also engaged in initiating disciplinary action against the striking doctors which was 'unwarranted', he said.
Referring to the one-day token strike observed by the doctors across the state on May 15, Manoj said 44 doctors had since been transferred for taking part in the protest.
As part of the indefinite agitation, doctors will also keep away from casualty and out-patient wards, he said, adding they would also stop private practice from that day.
However, he said, the KGMOA was still keeping its doors open for any fresh dialogue with the Government to settle the issue amicably.
The doctors would also stay away from teaching in the five government-run medical colleges, he said.
The doctors were on a 'non-cooperation' stir for the past few months.