Odisha Medical Workers’ Union members claim that their agitation will affect health services

Odisha Medical Workers’ Union’s (OMWU) MKCG medical college and hospital unit has decided to start agitation from April 22 if 10 long standing demands of the union were not fulfilled by the State government by then.

Addressing a press conference in the city on Thursday, joint secretary of OMWU, Sukant Mukhi, who also happens to be the general secretary of the MKCG medical college and hospital wing of the union, said although they have not decided the mode of their peaceful agitation yet it may affect the services at this referral hospital. He and other leaders of the union alleged that despite several requests in the past, the State government and authorities of the MKCG medical college and hospital were not heeding to their demands.

Agitation of this union would affect day-to-day functioning of this medical college and hospital attached to it as its members were of class IV grade and served a vital role in hospital management. The OMWU members also claimed that their agitation could drastically affect health services especially the sanitation in the hospital. 

The main demands of these workers are re-induction of 63 members of the union who had been retrenched by the MKCG medical college and hospital authorities and regularisation of 59 temporary workers.

Many members of their union who had served the medical college and its hospital for over 15 years had been removed from their job. They were attached to the private companies to whom maintenance of sanitation of the medical college had been handed over.