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Thiruvananthapuram: The Thiruvananthapuram unit of the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association (KGMCTA) has unanimously voted for withdrawing the non-cooperation strike that the doctors had launched over pay revision issues.
The general body of the Thiruvananthapuram unit, which met here on Wednesday, passed a unanimous resolution that the strike be withdrawn as almost all of the pay revision demands placed by the organisation had been accepted by the government.
The Thiruvananthapuram unit’s decision will be formally placed before KGMCTA’s central executive committee meeting which will be held in Kochi on Thursday.
Even though the central leadership of the KGMCTA had announced last week that it will continue its strike, a chunk of KGMCTA members here had chosen to stay away from the strike. Only a fraction of the members in the medical college hospital joined the strike while others had pledged their full support to the Superintendent to run hospital services smoothly.
Almost all of the anomalies in pay revision in the entry cadre in Medical Education Service, pointed out by KGMCTA had been resolved by the government. Yet the organisation chose to continue its strike as its main demand, that the government revoke the total ban on private practice by medical college teachers and makes it optional, had been rejected by the government.
In fact, even as the doctors threatened to intensify their stir, the Health Minister, during the unofficial talks held with the KGMCTA leadership on Monday made it clear that private practice ban was non-negotiable.
Even though the Thiruvananthapuram unit of KGMCTA had been divided on the issue of continuing the strike, on Wednesday, the members opined that it would be suicidal to continue the strike raising the sole demand that private practice be restored.
Members also expressed concern about doctors being increasingly alienated from society over the issue of strike and the fraternity earning a bad name that they were more concerned about losing the monetary benefits of private practice. The demand for revoking or modifying the ban on private practice should come from the public or the Government itself, it was pointed out.
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