Patna: The contract doctors of Bihar, who had earlier decided to go on mass leave from April 1, have deferred their move. Among other things, they had demanded age relaxation during their permanent recruitment.
Bihar State Contractual Doctors’ Association (BSCDA) president Dr Amitabh said after an assurance from principal secretary, health department, Deepak Kumar, they have deferred their strike. The doctors argued that contract doctors have not been made permanent after 1999. “So the doctors working for the last 15 years do not meet the age criteria fixed by the government and hence face a disadvantageous position. However, recently the cabinet vested the power of age relaxation in the health department and it assured to look into our demand,” he said.
The doctors are also demanding increase in their salary as it has not been raised for the past three years, and presently a PG student gets more than a contractual doctor. They are also demanding group health insurance for all contract doctors.
BSCDA office-bearer Dr (Major) SK Singh said they had also demanded action against Paliganj SDO who had allegedly beaten a contract doctor on duty. “The report submitted by Patna district administration after an inquiry also falsely implicated the doctor,” claimed Dr Singh.