The Assam Tribune

Medical services hit across Assam

- CITY CORRESPOND­ENT

GUWAHATI, Oct 26: Medical services across the State were severely hit on Tuesday as over 3,000 doctors joined a strike called by the Assam Medical Service Associatio­n (AMSA) in support of various demands.

All outpatient department­s (OPDs) in government hospitals and in several medical colleges of the State remained closed from 7 am to 1:30 pm today. However, emergency services remained unaffected.

AMSA general secretary Dr Kanak Talukdar said the protest is part of the ongoing %series of agitation programme" taken by the associatio­n from October 19.

#Complete boycott of OPD services will continue for the next two days. If our demands are not fulfilled, OPD services will be closed on November 1, 2 and 3,$ he said.

The demands of the AMSA include cadre revision, time scale promotion, pay disparity, security for doctors and health care personnel and timely promotion.

#Over the last three decades no cadre revision has taken place in Assam Health Service. Even after repeated assurance by the government for cadre revision, it is yet to be materializ­ed,$ Dr Talukdar said.

#AMSA is also demanding payment at par with the doctors of the Central government and doctors of other northeaste­rn states who receive much more than us,$ he added.

The associatio­n also sought immediate measures to fill up vacancies of the doctors.

A delegation of the associatio­n also met the State Health Minister recently in this regard. But despite assurance from the minister, no step has been taken yet.

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