The protests, work boycott and strike calls by different organisations have left the health services of the State on the dock. The doctors, both Government and private, the National Health Mission ( NHM) workers and the field workers of 108 emergency ambulance services all are on a warpath with the Government.
On Wednesday, the work boycott call given by about 3000 workers of National Health Mission (NHM) affected the health services.
The president of the association of NHM Contractual workers, Sunil Bhandari said that the repeated pleas of the contractual workers to solve their problems have not been heeded to, forcing the workers thus to go on a work boycott.
The association demands constitution of a policy for regularisation of NHM workers and end of contractual system and wants proportional parity be made in the allowance of the NHM workers working in State, district and block level. The NHM workers further demand that like other States, the loyalty bonus should be paid to them. Besides, the association is for the Asha felicitators being provided fixed monthly remuneration.
To add to the woes of the patients, the doctors of the State health services are also in the confrontational mode. Under the banner of their organisation-the Provincial Medical Health Services (PMHS)-the doctors of the Government hospitals are sporting black arm bands while working. The office bearers of the powerful association threaten that if the demands are not heeded they would go on a strike from next week.
The PMHS is demanding that the pending demand of uniform implementation of Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) scheme should be accepted without any further delay.
The doctors further demand the transfer order of general secretary of PMHS be revoked and meetings of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) be held twice a year.
The PMHS is also demanding that vehicle allowance to the doctors should be given.
Marching in sync with their Government counterparts, the doctors working in the private hospitals and clinics have also resolved to go on an indefinite strike from December 25.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday declared that since the Government is not doing anything to assuage their grievances on Clinical Establishment Act, the private doctors would shut down OPDs from December 23 and not admit patients from December 24. It has threatened to lock down all hospitals from December 25.
Not to be left behind, the field workers of GVK EMRI 108 emergency ambulance service have threatened to stop wheels of the ambulances from January 1. These workers are demanding salary on time and demand that minimum wages should be paid to them.