Friday, December 2, 2022

Contractual doctors on ‘no pay, no work’ strike

Contractual doctors, who were appointed during Covid-19 Pandemic, have announced indefinite ceasing of work starting October 25, 2022.
The contractual doctors, however, said that ICU doctors, mainly at NHAK, would perform duty till this week on humanitarian grounds.
The contractual doctors warned that in the event their dues were not cleared at the earliest, even ICU doctors would stop rendering services beyond this week. The contractual doctors maintained that they had withheld such measures keeping the public interest in mind. However, the doctors said that they have not been paid salary for four months.
The contractual doctors said that if they did not cease work now, they would be looking forward to a dry Christmas season like the previous two years.
The contractual doctors have apologised to the public for taking such measure.
It may be recalled that the State government, in order to augment the work force and effectively tackle the Covid-19 crisis in Nagaland, had appointed over 150 doctors.
As per the orders, the appointments were temporary arrangements for a period of one year or till regular appointments were made through NPSC, whichever is earlier.
Meanwhile, Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) in its recent statement had also appealed to the government to recruit sufficient doctors to fill all the vacant and sanctioned posts and regularize all contract appointments made during the Covid-19 pandemic in order to run healthcare delivery system smoothly.

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