Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy has said that the government would not go back on its decision to “set up a speciality cadre and an administrative cadre in the Health Services” to improve the quality of medical care for the people of the State.

In a press release here on Sunday, the Minister said the ongoing agitation by the doctors was unnecessary. She wanted the doctors to understand the spirit of the decision and withdraw their agitation.

Ms. Sreemathy said the Government had, before taking the decision, consulted the Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA). The association’s representative was in the working group constituted by the government to study the measures required to improve the quality of medical care offered by the Health Services.

The government had taken the decision to set up the speciality cadre and administrative cadre based on the report of a sub-committee constituted subsequent to the discussions in the working group, she said.

The Minister said the sub-committee had also recommended the creation of several new posts in the Health Services, in addition to increasing the pay scale of the doctors much beyond the salary scales in other government services. On such issues, however, the Health Department could not take a decision on it own. It would be taken after due consultation with the other departments, including the Finance Department. The Government would issue an order on this matter with the approval of the Cabinet.

Ms. Sreemathy said all these issues were suitably clarified to the KGMOA during the discussions she had with its representatives. She wondered why the association should continue its non-cooperation even after she had given it a clear picture of the situation.