Karnal, November 24
Demanding specialist cadre, abolition of the direct recruitment of the SMOs and 40 per cent reservation in the postgraduate seats, government doctors, under the banner of the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HCMSA), Karnal unit, today handed over a memorandum to the ADC, Yogesh Kumar, for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The HCMSA has, meanwhile, announced to hold a state-level general body meeting in Karnal on December 5 to chalk out strategy to press for its demands.
Dr Sandeep Abrol, district president, HCMSA, Karnal, said there was acute shortage of specialists in the HCMS. It could be gauged from the fact that one third of specialists were working in the cadre against the required strength due to which they were overburdened and not able to render quality services to patients.
“The issue of the formation of the specialist cadre is pending with the government for the past several years. Now, a draft proposal was made by the department and put on the website for suggestions on making a cadre. Thereafter, a committee was constituted at the DGHS level, which has drafted proposal that has been submitted to the ACS (Health), but with no headway so far,” said Dr Abrol.
“Besides, doctors are protesting against the direct recruitment of the SMO, which would lead to stagnation of the existing cadre,” he added. In the entire service, 95 per cent of the HCMS cadre and doctors are getting only one promotion and that is SMO,” Dr Abrol added.
He, along with Dr Neelam Verma, vice-president, Dr Deepak Goel, general secretary, Dr OP Saini, executive member and Dr Swati Kalia said the association had also suggested that doctors should be given 40 per cent reservation in the PG seats so that more doctors could become specialists. — TNS
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