PCMS docs strike begins tomorrow

Protesting against the mass transfers of 523 specialist doctors in the state, the PCMS doctors' association has stated that its members will strike work on Monday and Tuesday (June 10 and 11) across the state. Doctors will not attend to OPDs, will not undertake medico-legal cases and post mortems but will only attend to maternity and emergency care patients, said Dr Hardeep Singh, president of the State PCMS Association on Saturday.

The PCMS doctors demanded that the government stay the 523 mass transfers and want the state to adhere to the transfer policy guidelines. They also demanded the implementation of the 'Placement Policy,' and better management of health professionals in the department.

The doctors claim that in the name of adjustment of specialists in 100 hospitals, the state has left 76 hospitals in rural areas without specialists. Couples have been separated, single parents have been transferred and much more, they added.

The state government had initiated the re-adjustment policy for existing doctors after failing to fill some 500 vacant posts for specialist doctors despite repeated advertisements.

"Instead of making the policy attractive to specialists, they have uprooted the existing specialists. Now the community health centres at Pakhowal, Sidhwan Bet, Koomkalan and other areas in Ludhiana are without specialists. These rural areas already do not have much in way of private health services," Dr Hardeep said.

The doctors also demanded an increase in pay for specialists at par with the central health services; an increase in number of posts for doctors in a 100 upgraded hospitals and want specialists to be kept away from non-specialist EMO duties.

On Monday and Tuesday, more than 4,500 doctors across the state including the contractual staff will be on strike, said Dr Nishan Singh working state president and Dr Gagandeep Shergill general Secretary of Association.

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