Govt softens stance on doctors who protested, grants them leave
Thiruvananthapuram: The state health department decided to grant leave to doctors for the days they participated in the strike. The doctors took part in the strike demanding extra posts for family health centres. The action was taken owing to the pressure from the doctors organisation KGMOA.
The strike took place from April 13 to April 16, 2018. Their demands include functioning of OP section till 6 in the evening, increase in the number of doctors in the family health centre from three to five, among others. Specialist doctors, however, did not take part in the strike.
The government released a circular stating that those who stay away from work will not be given salaries for the respective days and it was illegal to stay away from work violating the order on OP centres in family health clinics. The circular also stated that medical officers who have not completed their probation period and who took part in the strike will be dismissed from service.
Following the talks, medical officers ended their strike without putting forward any conditions. This prompted the government not to take any further action against them. The leave was granted, after a gap of 18 months, taking into consideration the instruction from the health department director.