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Doctors decide to intensify agitation

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Thiruvananthapuram: Government doctors who are on a non-cooperation strike for over a month have decided not to take part in any more discussions with the government till they are paid their salaries in full.

The Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association took a unanimous decision to this effect at its State committee meeting here on Saturday, after they completed a 12-hour hunger strike in front of the Secretariat.

The meeting went on till the early hours on Sunday with the doctors deciding to intensify their agitation without letting it affect the functioning of government hospitals and primary/community health centres.

It was on October 23 that the government issued an order that all medical officers under the Health Services submit a special certificate along with their salary bill, indicating that they had been performing all their duties, before they could be given the salary for October.

KGMOA leaders pointed out that none of the doctors had been paid salaries despite the fact that their strike had not put the public to any difficulties so far and that they had been fulfilling all their responsibilities in hospitals.

“At the State committee meeting, all doctors expressed the feeling that the government was being unjustifiably harsh to the fraternity by withholding the salaries. We have been staying away from external duties such as immunisation camps but no patient has so far been turned away from hospitals,” KGMOA secretary Manoj Narayanan said.

The government had cancelled the third round of discussion with the KGMOA slated to be held on November 2.

The government doctors further decided to intensify their agitation by stopping pay ward admissions and duties from November 20. They decided not to give further dates for medical board sittings. However, the dates already issued would not be cancelled.

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