The Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association (TNGEA) has condemned the government's attitude in outsourcing various activities of the health department.

On outsourcing, the association said the Project Director of Health Department had decided to introduce outsourcing in about 40 government hospitals across the State on a trial basis soon.

As per this, house keeping, laundry, food distribution and other basic activities in hospitals would be outsourced. Moves would then begin to transfer the excess staff at various levels in hospitals to other districts, thus putting excess stress on the existing employees, they alleged.

Protesting against this, over 50 members of the association thronged the Government Headquarter's Hospital in Krishnagiri and raised slogans against the government, as part of TNGEA's state-wide agitation on Wednesday. Speaking at the demonstration, the leaders said the actions of senior officials of the Health department went against the wishes of the Chief Minister who wanted to strengthen the department and fill the vacant posts in the department through Medical Services Recruitment Board.

The top-level official's actions to prune staff strengths in the cadre of pharmacist, laboratory assistant and last grade staff include restructuring of employees in government hospitals, revising medical services rules and, of course, outsourcing certain services of the health department.

The association also urged withdrawal of its State Vice President G. Sugumar's suspension. He was placed under suspension after an agitation in front of the office of the Project Director in Chennai recently.