Sunday, November 27, 2022

NIDA, contractual doctors continue protests


Despite being warned by the state government that doctors on strike will be penalised under the Nagaland Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1978 (ESMA), the Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) continued with the indefinite agitation which entered the fourth day on Monday.
When contacted, NIDA officials informed Nagaland Post that except for emergency services, emergency surgeries and ICU services, all other services remained shut in all the district hos-pitals. It was also learnt that NIDA members had also sought an appointment with the chief minister to deliberate on the issue. However, theywere yet to receive response from the CMO.
Contractual doctors stir continues: Meanwhile, contractual doctors appointed during Covid-19 pandemic also continued with its ‘total cease work’ agitation due to non-payment of salary. Further intensifying the agitation, the contractual doctors manning the ICUs will also cease work from November 1.
It was learnt that the doctors were asked to submit certain documents, which have been sub-mitted multiple times. One aggrieved doctor said despite submitting the details on several occasions, they were still asked to do the same. The doctor said this only indicated lapses on the part of the govern-ment or miscommunication between the directorate and secretariat. The doctor said a month’s delay can be understood and manageable, but after not being paid for several months had only compelled them to go on cease work.
CNTC appeals to govt
With Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) agitation disrupting health services across the State, the Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) on Monday appealed to the state government to take up the matter with urgency and come out with an acceptable settlement before the situation could get out of hand.
CNTC expressed serious concern that the agitation has affected hundreds of people who cannot afford private hospitals, particularly those from far-flung areas and low socio-economic background.
Unless the government resolves the issue, and the hospitals continue to be deprived of doctor’s services, the council said “the consequences would be in dire straits and the government have to shoulder the responsibility of any lives lost arising as a result of showing lackadaisical attitude towards the genuine demand of NIDA.”
CNTC said the government was expected to take the situation seriously and work out an amicable solution with NIDA at the earliest. “The services rendered by doctors across the state is too precious for those patients who can’t afford or avail a doctor’s consultation at higher centres,” it said.
The council, therefore, earnestly appealed to the government to take up the matter at the earliest and give an acceptable settlement through any means.

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