Punjab: Govt doctors lock civil surgeon office, suspend OPDs in protest against reduction in NPA
Ludhiana: With Punjab Government allegedly failing to fulfil their demands, government doctors protesting against the reduction of their Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) locked the civil surgeon office in Civil Lines on Monday for the next three days and sat outside it.
Supporting the protest, the doctors of Civil hospital also boycotted works related to Outpatient Department/In-house Patient Department, Unique Disability Identification, Ayushman Bharat Sarbat and Sehat Bima Yojana.
Moreover, webinars, video conferences, online consultation, and elective surgeries remained suspended at the Civil Hospital. However, emergency services, Covid related duties, rape-case examinations and medico-legal cases remained unaffected.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that Cabinet took a decision following the 6th pay commission report and reduced the non-practice allowance from 25 % to 20% while dissociating it from the basic pay.
Opposing tooth and nail the reduction in NPA from 25 % to 20% following the 6th Pay Commission report, the doctors have now closed down the Surgeon's office and sat in dharna in front of it.