THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Specialist doctors in the state have come out against the government for its double standards in giving promotion to their colleagues in the administrative wing and denying the same to them for years.
Doctors who are directly involved with patient care have been neglected, whereas those working in the administrative side are given due promotions, they said. A protest would be launched against this disparity, the doctors said.
Though it is stipulated all promotions should be done after convening the Departmental Promotion Committee, Kerala Government Specialist Doctors Association (KGSDA) president Dr Sunjith Ravi alleged such a DPC was not held with regard to promotions in the administrative wing. “When coming to promotion of specialists who directly deal with patient care, the government stipulates DPC. It says promotions can be effected only after DPC,’’ he said. Stressing the government should have the same guidelines for promotions for everyone, he alleged the government was having two sets of rules. Promotion is due to around 100 specialists in the Health Service, including those on the verge of retirement.
He also said the promotions in medicine, surgery and psychiatry have not been done for the last two years. Several representations have been submitted to the government. ‘’We will soon give another plea,’’ he said.
The association office-bearers will soon meet the Health Secretary and the Director of Health Services in this regard.