Junior doctors to continue stir; office-bearers removed
Thiruvananthapuram: The junior doctors are continuing with the strike alleging that the discussions held with Health Minister KK Shylaja did not consider their demands favourably.
The office-bearers of the Medicos Joint Action Council, a community representing the medical students in Kerala, had on Sunday informed that the issues have been resolved and the stir has been withdrawn. But now, a group of doctors on Monday informed they will continue with the agitation by removing the officials from the post.
The junior doctors had demanded the withdrawal of the increased pension age bar, create more posts, reduce the bond period and speed up the promotion process.
But they alleged that the government has not yielded to their demands. Following this, the office-bearers Dr Rahul, Dr Midhun Mohan, PG Association President Muneer, Secretary Rohit Krishna were removed from the posts.
The doctors will stay away from their duties at OPs and wards but will attend casualities.
The Minister on Sunday had said that no action will be taken against those who participated in the strike. Also chance will be given to appear for a re-exam.
The government has decided to increase the pension age of the Medical College doctors from 60 to 62 and those in the health industry from 56 to 60.
Dr Muneer had said that Minister Shailaja had informed that this government decision will not affect the junior doctors and PG doctors. She had also assured that the number of senior resident doctor posts will be increased so that the junior doctors can enter government service after the completion of PG course.
Also PSC will be asked to accelerate the appointment process, she had said.