They plan to boycott all emergency services
Bangalore: Upset over the poor response from the State Government towards fulfilling their demands, government doctors have decided to intensify their stir from Wednesday. They have decided to boycott all emergency services, including post-mortems, deliveries and medico-legal services, from Wednesday.
While most of the wards in Government-run hospitals in the city were largely affected on Tuesday, the situation is likely to worsen on Wednesday with more doctors, including members of the Karnataka Government ESI Medical Officers’ Association, also joining the strike.
A press release from the association said its members would wear black badges and support the strike.
According to T.B. Satyanarana, president of the Karnataka State Government Medical Officers’ Association, over 2,000 doctors, who participated in the strike on Tuesday, have signed their resignation letters.
“If the Government decides to initiate action against us for protesting, we will submit our resignations en masse on Wednesday. We have also decided to take up a jail bharo programme on Wednesday,” he said.
The Indian Medical Association, Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association, Karnataka State Junior/Senior Health Workers Male/Female Association and Karnataka State Government Pharmacists’ Association have extended their support to the strike, a press release said.
“Though the Principal Secretary (Health) Madan Gopal and Health Commissioner P.N. Sreenivasachary visited the venue of the protest at Banappa Park and assured the doctors that their demands would be looked into, he did not give any written assurance. We will not budge till our demands are met,” the release said.