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Govt doctors to strike work on Aug 27
Various government doctors’ associations staged a joint protest and fasting at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) on Sunday, demanding pay hike and 50 per cent service quota in PG and super speciality courses for TN service candidates in NEET PG exam.
About six members of the Federation of Government Doctors Association (FOGDA) are on fast at the hospital for three days consecutively.
The doctors expressed resentment over low pay to medical college students and doctors and even though the government promised to sanction a suitable pay, the State health department has not taken any action.
On Sunday, students of Madras Medical College and members of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA), Government All Doctors’ Association (GADA) and Doctors Association of Social Equality (DASE) came together to stage dharna on the government hospital premises.
“The State government is appointing more doctors and post-graduate students, but the patients in the hospitals are not considered. We want them to reduce the doctors and emphasise on the patient load in the hospitals,” says Dr S Nachiyappan, member secretary of the FOGDA.
“Service doctors are also asking for specific counselling for the allotment of medical colleges instead of direct postings. However, the government has not paid any heed so we are planning to conduct State-wide strike on August 27,” said Dr P Balakrishnan, secretary, TNGDA.