BANGALORE : Doctors working in government hospitals in the state have decided to go ahead with their decision of submitting resignations en masse on Monday. However, this will not affect the services in the hospitals, said the protesting doctors and senior officers in the Health Department.
On Monday morning, the Health Department has called for a meeting with the members of the Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association.
“We hope the issue will be resolved,” said HC Ramesh, Director, State Health Department.
After a meeting on Sunday, Association president Dr T Veerbhadriah told mediapersons that 4,500 government doctors working in various parts of the State would quit on Monday.
“We will submit the resignations and let the government decide. However, we will continue to work to ensure that patients don’t suffer,” he said.
He said the Association had given enough time to the government to look into their demands but nothing had been done.
“We postponed the protest at least three times. Each time, we were told that changes would be made. This time, the government has pushed us to take the extreme step,” he said.
“We have been told by the officials that the government may take a decision on October 28, but we have decided to resign and will not change our stand based on an oral assurance,” he said.
He said that while Chief minister Siddaramiah and Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader were keen to resolve the issue, the officials in the department seemed to be against it.
“The files are not cleared as some officials are advising the CM and the Minister against such a move,” Veerabhadriah claimed.
Apart from their demand to hike their salaries, the doctors have also urged the government to fill the vacant posts.
Veerabhadriah said three years ago when the department had called for applications to fill up 600 posts, only 275 had applied.
“Of them, 170 attended the interview and 60 were recruited. Presently, just 35 of them are on the roll,” he added.
“We have asked them to give us a medical manual that will clearly define our work hours as well,” he said.
Khader who is in Thiruvananthapuram is expected to return to the City on Monday.
‘Salaries into Bank Accounts’
Health Director Ramesh said that the department had accepted most demands. As for removing the salary component from the Zilla Panchayat, he said, “From April 1 next year, salaries will be credited to the accounts of 6 lakh state government employees.”
He said the government will have one month’s time to accept the resignations and that the doctors will go back to duty and wait for the government’s response.