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High Court intervenes, TN government doctors call off strike


High Court intervenes, TN government doctors call off strike

Doctors affiliated to the association had boycotted outpatient services on December 4, demanding three time-bound promotions in the fourth, ninth and 13th year of service instead of the existing pattern of eight, 15 and 20 years and salaries on par with their counterparts in other states.

Madurai: Government doctors in Tamil Nadu have put off their proposed strike over pay anomalies following a submission by the state government in the Madras High Court Bench here that it was looking into recommendations by a panel that went into the issue. The government counsel submitted before a bench of Justice K K Sasidharan and Justice P D Audikesavulu that the recommendations of a one-man commission on addressing anomalies were being studied and steps would be taken to ensure pay parity, a key demand of the agitating doctors.

The submission was made on a petition by Mohammed Yunis against the proposed strike by the doctors. The strike was scheduled to start on Saturday.

Following this, the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association informed the court that it would temporarily suspend the proposed strike.

The bench then posted the case for hearing to December 17.

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reports that Doctors affiliated to the association had boycotted outpatient services on December 4, demanding three time-bound promotions in the fourth, ninth and 13th year of service instead of the existing pattern of eight, 15 and 20 years and salaries on par with their counterparts in other states.

“We have been demanding this for the past 10 years. Doctors working in many other state governments and central government are given promotion like this,” secretary N Ravishankar told PTI said adding even a government committee in Tamil Nadu had recommended it a couple of months ago.

Over 18,000 doctors of medical colleges, primary health centres, government hospitals, Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) dispensaries and hospitals took part in the protest, the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association said.

The doctors had threatened to boycott elective surgeries and classes in medical colleges across the state from Saturday if their demands were not met.

Read Also: Tamil Nadu : 18,000 Govt doctors on OPD BOYCOTT over salary, promotions

Source: with agency inputs
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