BANGALORE: The State Government Doctors’ Association has warned of en masse resignation on Monday if the government fails to meet its demands.
Karnataka Medical Officers’ Association president H N Ravindra said, three months ago, a memorandum was submitted to the Health Minister, Health Secretary, Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister regarding senior doctors of Health Departments not getting prominence as district surgeons due to the presence of medical colleges.
“The medical education department after appointing doctors using autonomous power in their institutions, relieved them. Now the doctors will have to come back empty handed,” said Ravindra. The salary component for taluk hospitals is not welcome, he added.
Another member said, the shortage has hit the department which has to recruit close to 4,500 doctors to the health department and the government should emulate the Tamil Nadu model by appointing doctors once in six months as per requirements.
“The hospitals should also have a Casualty Medical Officer to deal with medico legal cases and autopsies as it saves a lot of time,” said G A Srinivas, secretary of the Karnataka Medical Officers’ Association. Health Minister U T Khader said he will discuss the issues with association members and approval to raise the salary component has been done.