Medical college teachers to strike work on January 9

The Cochin Medical College Teachers Association (CMCTA) at the Government Medical College, Ernakulam, will strike work on January 9 protesting against the reported delay in integration with the Directorate of Medical Education.

The association had earlier planned to strike work on October 5 last year but called it off on the Health Minister’s intervention. The Minister had then promised to take positive steps to resolve all issues pertaining to faculty members and other employees. However, CMCTA secretary Dr. Unnikrishnan G. said that there had been no initiative on the part of the government despite the association’s constant reminders to the Minister.

Indifference alleged

While details pertaining to employees’ qualifications and police verification and documents on permanent employment at the medical college were sent to the government long ago, the Health Department has remained indifferent to the matter, “breaking the morale of the employees.”

After four years of government take-over of the college from the Co-operative Academy of Professional Education, the employees are still being treated as “outsiders” even as efforts are on to expand the institution into a full-fledged medical college, said the aggrieved staff.

Even during a strike called by junior doctors and house surgeons and when a number of faculty members had left the college earlier, doctors at the institution had been offering patient care services with whatever facilities available, said association president C.H. Nazeem.

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