Staff Reporter

Patients advised to make alternative arrangements

BHUBANESWAR: Government doctors across the State on Wednesday started advising patients to make alternative arrangements as they might not be available in view of their proposed strike from Friday.

“As per our announcement to resign en masse from December 18, we cannot take care of patients after Friday. Patients, who are needed to stay admitted in hospitals for longer period, have been advised to look for other sources. It will be unethical on our part to leave the treatment mid-way,” said Bijay Kumar Swain, general secretary of the Orissa Medical Service Association.

Dr. Swain said although the State government had put forward a set of proposals in the meeting held on Tuesday to address doctors’ concerns, the proposed strike had not been called off.

Final decision

“We will take a final decision regarding calling off of the strike only after soliciting views of other doctors in the general body meeting scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar on Thursday,” he said.

Till Friday, doctors were asked to take up emergency cases and stay present at their respective health centres, OMSA general secretary said.

OMSA had been harping on indifferent attitude of State government which was so far not attaching any importance to Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) for medical services.

However, OMSA renewed its agitation demanding implementation of DACP.

Sources said a sizeable number of doctors were afraid of facing government action under the Essential Service Maintenance Act while others wanted face-saving exit from the declared strike.

On the other hand, the State government feared if it succumbed to pressure of doctors on DACP issue, other services would come forward demanding the same for them. Last time when the State government promoted doctors to junior class I category at entry level, there was flood of demands from other services to elevate them from their present positions. This time Naveen Patnaik government was taking guarded steps while committing anything.