Punjab News Rural docs rue govt apathy, threaten stir


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Patiala, June 27

Health services in the rural areas of Punjab may get paralysed, as considerable chunk of rural doctors working in various parts of the state are seriously contemplating to go on a statewide strike soon, in protest against the alleged discriminatory attitude of the government towards their long-pending demands.

Though rural doctors, working under zila parishads, had been accusing the state of ignoring their interests, yet government’s recent decision pertaining to the re-employment of doctors retiring from the Department of Health and Family Welfare has triggered the momentum of anger among rural doctors.

Notably, while stating that in order to cope up with the situation arising out of shortage of specialist doctors in the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the state cabinet in its meeting held on June 17, had announced that the Health Department could re-employ retired specialist doctors against clinical posts.

The said decision evoked sharp reactions from some of the doctors’ associations, particularly the Rural Medical Services Association and the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association. Karanvir Singh, president of the RMSA Ferozepur unit, said: “We had already given ultimatum to the state to withdraw the decision by June 28, failing which our association would launch a agitation in the entire state.”