Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao has asked the Junior Doctors to call off their strike keeping in view the overall public health and the existing Corona pandemic situation in the State and advised them to join duties immediately. The CM also made it clear that the government had never discriminated against the junior doctors and their problems were all solved in the past and the government is ready to solve their just demands now.
On Wednesday, the Chief Minister held a review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here with Medical and Health officials on the Corona situation, vaccination programme and other issues. On this occasion, the officials brought to the notice of the CM on the Junior Doctors’ strike. Responding to the issues raised by the Junior Doctors, the CM said,” If the junior doctors demands are justified, the government has no objection to solve them. They can bring those demands to the government and get them solved. But it is not proper to abstain from duties now and then under the pretext of strike without even understanding the time and situation and causing inconvenience to people time and again. Moreover, going on strike under the present emergency situation caused by Corona no one will appreciate not even the people,” the CM made it clear.
The Medical and Health officials brought to the notice of the CM that Junior Doctors are getting a high stipend compared to other states. The CM enquired about the demands made by the junior doctors. The officials briefed the CM about the demands and the CM instructed that they be solved.
The CM has decided to increase the honorarium paid to the Senior Residents by 15 percent. The CM also extends the Senior Residents’ honorarium to the medical students who are engaged in the Covid duties after their three years of Medical course. He instructed that better medical facilities should be provided to Junior Doctors and their family members at the NIMS. The CM instructed the officials concerned to take measures so that the ex-gratia amount being extended as per the guidelines should be handed over immediately as per the junior Doctors’ demand.
In the meeting, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, CM Secretary, CMO Special Officer (Covid) Sri Rajasekhar Reddy, Principal Secretary (Medical and Health) Sri S.A.M Rizvi, DME Sri Ramesh Reddy, Director of Health Sri Srinivasa Rao, CM OSD Sri Gangadhar and others attended.