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Doctors to go on strike today

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In protest against government’s refusal to settle various issues

Thiruvananthapuram: The medical fraternity in the State, including government doctors in Health Service and the teaching faculty in medical colleges, are going on strike on May 15 in protest against the government’s refusal to settle various issues raised by the doctors.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to apply dies non (no work, no pay) for doctors who do not report for work on Thursday.

No clinical services except the emergency services will function in government hospitals. The government doctors, under the banner of Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA), have been on a non-cooperation strike for the past two years over the issue of pay revision.

Although they had suspended their strike for a while from December 2007 over the intervention of the High Court, the strike was resumed on March 13. As part of intensifying their agitation, doctors have been observing hunger strike in all district headquarters since May 5.

With the government offering the doctors just some allowances rather than revised pay scales even after the issue was raised by the High Court, the doctors decided to intensify their strike, KGMOA leaders said.

Indefinite strike

The teaching faculties in all government Medical Colleges have decided to stay away from all teaching activities indefinitely from May 15 in protest against the government’s decision to give selective extension in service to some doctors who were due to retire last month, disregarding the fact that there are several doctors in the lower rungs awaiting promotions.

Doctors, under the banner of Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association, will observe May 15 as ‘Black Day’ in all medical colleges. They have also decided to stay away from all extra duties and VIP duties also. It has declared that it will go on a token strike on May 20, paralysing all medical services, except casualty and emergency care in themedical colleges. All doctors will also stay away from private practice on May 20.

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