The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded that the government take steps to regularise the services of paramedical staff working on a contract basis in the Health Department.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu requested the government to give priority to the contract workers, employed since 12 years, in future recruitments. The Chief Minister should take the initiative during the ongoing Assembly session and fulfil the promise made by the Congress Government in 2005.

Mr. Raghavulu expressed concern that the policies adopted by the Government threw the health sector into crisis as a result of which the poor and needy were denied medical benefits. Coupled with this was large number of vacancies as well as inadequate health infrastructure which resulted in shortage of medicines and other requirements in the Government hospitals.

Though the government constituted a Cabinet sub-committee in March last year, the panel was yet to complete its study and submit a report to the government. There were more than 10,000 contract medical staff working in Vaidya Vidhana Parishad institutions, general hospitals and RIMS since more than a decade, but they were not given facilities like minimum wages, provident fund, ESI and holidays on a par with the regular staff.