The hopes of more than 1,500 government contract doctors to get eligibility in postgraduation courses have been dashed with the State Government abruptly withdrawing an amendment to the University Conduct of Medical and Dental PG entrance Examination 2006 on Wednesday.
These doctors, who had been admitted by the State Health Department, have put in more than five years of rural service.
Karnataka Government Medical Officers' Association (KGMOA) president H.N. Ravindra told The Hindu if the Government refuses to hold back the withdrawal, the doctors would go on an indefinite hunger strike from Friday.
The KGMOA, which had gone on a major strike in October 2009, had demanded that the State Government regularise the services of these contract doctors. Following this, the Government had agreed to it and had last month amended the Act to enable the regularisation.
The amendment would enable the contract doctors to get preference for appearing for postgraduate examination under government quota for in service candidates.
Upset over the sudden decision of the Government, the KGMOA members have decided to meet the Minister for Medical Education, Health Minister and senior officials of the department to demand that the decision be revoked.