THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the talks between the striking Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA) and the government remaining inconclusive, the doctors have decided to continue with their ‘non-cooperation’ agitation. The representatives of the KGMOA held talks with Health Secretary K Elangovan here on Thursday.
Stating that the government had not agreed to all the demands put forward by the Association, KGMOA president E P Mohanan said that the agitation would continue.
“Of the 13 demands, the government has taken a positive stand only on the issue of posting of specialist doctors in the Manjeri Medical College,” he said.
Moreover, he said, the government was not willing to withdraw dies non until the strike is withdrawn, which is not acceptable to the Association. When contacted, Elangovan said that no decision has been arrived at in the discussion.
“The issues were discussed and the Association has been asked to come back after looking into the proposals put forward by the government,” he said. Elangovan also said that dies non would be withdrawn only if the agitation was withdrawn.
Meanwhile, Mohanan said that the next strategy to be adopted will be decided at the core committee meeting on August 7.
The KGMOA launched the non-cooperation strike from July 21 against what it called the various anti-employee policies of the government and the poor service rendered to the patients.
The Association had mainly protested against the government’s decision to shift specialists from the Health Service on a temporary basis to new medical colleges.