Employees of MGM hospital demonstrate in front of district collectorate on Saturday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur, Sept. 21: Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital staff, who haven’t been paid their August salaries, issued a six-day ultimatum to the state government today to clear their dues.
Jharkhand Rajya Chikitsa Evam Jan Swasthya Karmachari Sangh, that represents over 500 employees, has pointed out that the delay was due to the absence of a signing authority at the government health hub.
Today, as many as 60 medical staff, Grade III and IV employees held a demonstration in front of the district collectorate, demanding that their arrears be cleared within September 26.
The protesters submitted the ultimatum to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, while they also faxed it to principal secretary of health department K. Vidyasagar, health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh and governor Syed Ahmed.
They pointed out that their salaries have not been cleared due to the absence of a full-time superintendent at the hospital since August 25 when SS Prasad died of sudden cardiac arrest.
Although A.K. Singh was appointed as the deputy superintendent on August 27, he does not have the authority to disburse salary.
“Due to delay in appointing a full-time hospital superintendent, there is no one who has the power to sign. Para-medics, nurses and Grade III and IV employees are the worst victims. We had no option, but to resort to agitation to draw the attention of the authorities concerned,” said state general secretary of the sangh Amarnath Singh.
He added that soon junior doctors and nurses would also join their agitation.
The protesters have their protest plan charted out.
For the next three days, starting today, the protesters will sport black badges while working at the state-run heal hub.
From Tuesday onward, they will sit on dharna on the hospital premises and stage demonstrations.
If the state health department still does not pay heed to their demand, they will go on an indefinite strike from September 26, paralysing the functioning of the hospital.
If the employees boycott work from September 26, a few departments such as the operation theatre, emergency, radiology, pathology and blood bank will be completely paralysed.
The hospital witnesses a footfall of around 1,000 patients at its OPD and nearly 150 patients at the emergency unit.