Contract doctors threaten strike

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By Our correspondent
  • Published 16.02.15
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Patients of government hospitals have to face hard times, if contract doctors in the state go on an indefinite strike from February 18.

Around 800 contract doctors associated with the Contractual Doctors' Association have decided to go on an indefinite strike from February 18 if the government fails to bring an ordinance regarding their regularisation of services by February 18.

The decision was taken during a meeting of Contractual Doctors' Association on Sunday, in which 62 contract doctors working in government hospitals in Patna, Sheohar, Purnea, Araria, Katihar and other districts took part.

Raman Singh, the president of the association, said: "Our delegation met Brajesh Mehrotra, the principal secretary of the health department, and apprised him that contract doctors associated with our association would go on a strike if the department fails to regularise their services within the next three days."

Sources said of the 1,600 contract doctors in the state, 800 are associated with the association.

Abhishek Kumar Sinha, the general secretary of the association, said: "We have been writing to the health department regarding this issue since 2011, but nothing has been done yet. The condition of the contract doctors in the state has become worse. Not only they are paid little, they even don't get their salary on time. In Bihar, the contract doctors get Rs 41,000 per month and that too after five-six months. In Haryana and other states, the salary of the contract doctors is around Rs 70,000."

Vikas Kumar, a member of the association, said Bihar should follow Haryana's model and separate the doctors' recruitment process from the public service commission.