Over 3000 doctors from across Assam on Wednesday joined a strike which was called by the Assam Medical Service Association (AMSA). The doctors carried out the strike in support of their various unfulfilled demands.
Talking to Fit Northeast, Dr. Sangita Chetia Choudhury, Medical Officer, State Health Dispensary, Dispur said that there were various issues like the revision of the cadre, promotion of the time scale of the doctors, equalization of the salaries between the workers in the Health A and Health B departments of the medical fraternity.
On one hand, where new medical colleges are coming up, the problems of the district healthcare centres have not been resolved.
The protesting doctors also demanded adequate steps for ensuring the safety of the doctors.
The matter of the safety of the doctors was also emphasized. It was said that even though the doctors were protesting and the OPDs were closed, every emergency department was actively open and continued serving the patients.They said that even though the doctors were protesting and the OPDs were closed, every emergency department remained open and continued serving the patients.
They also demanded proper payment to the junior doctors.
Earlier on October 19, when the doctors staged a protest from 8 AM to 11 AM as a result of which various OPDs remained closed. Similarly, on October 22, 26, 27, 28 of this month, most of the OPDs remained closed.
They said that if the demands are not fulfilled, the protest might also be staged on November 1, 2 and 3.
The doctors said that the members of AMSA had a meeting with the government and its officials on September 6 but the minute of the meeting has not yet been published.