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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 14:27 IST

Haryana Government doctors' strike affects healthcare services statewide, second in a week

The Haryana doctors' strike impacted healthcare statewide as HCMS advocated for reforms.

Reported by: Digital Desk
The strike by Haryana Government doctors, impacting healthcare services statewide, marks the second occurrence within a week.
The strike by Haryana Government doctors, impacting healthcare services statewide, marks the second occurrence within a week. | Image:PTI
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Chandigarh: Government doctors in Haryana have initiated another strike on Friday to advocate for the establishment of a specialist cadre and a reduction in bond amounts for postgraduate courses, according to reports. 

Further similar reports indicate that this action has impacted outpatient department (OPD) services in multiple hospitals across the state. This recent strike follows a prior one earlier in the week on Wednesday, marking it as the second time that government doctors have ceased work.

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The strike was organised by the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HCMS), a representative body for government doctors in the state. They resumed emergency duties temporarily after receiving assurance from health authorities regarding a scheduled meeting between the health minister and HCMS representatives to address their concerns, as per prior reports.

Dr Anil Yadav, the general secretary of HCMS, shed light on the impact of the strike on medical services, stating, "In view of the assurance of a meeting with the government pertaining to our demands and keeping in view the larger public interest, we did not proceed with a complete shutdown of services and emergency services are being attended to."However, OPDs and elective surgeries remain suspended. The next course of action will depend on the outcome of the talks with the government", he added.

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The demands put forward by the doctors include the creation of a specialist cadre, reduction in bond amounts associated with postgraduate courses, and the implementation of a dynamic assured career progression scheme similar to that of central government doctors.

Dr. Yadav emphasised that these demands were not novel and expressed disappointment, stating, “We were given an assurance by the health minister earlier too but our demands were not met.”

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Responding to the strike, R S Punia, Director General of Health Services, held a video conference with all state civil surgeons on Wednesday evening, issuing directives to ensure uninterrupted healthcare services amidst the ongoing situation.

 

 

 

 

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Published December 29th, 2023 at 14:25 IST

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