Around 8000 doctors and senior officials of the Maharashtra Health services went on an indefinite agitation from today demanding implementation of 6th Pay Commission at par with Centre.
The doctors are also demanding non-practising allowances, filling up of as many as 2028 vacancies for health officers at various levels and promotion of the Dynamic Assured Progress Carrier Scheme (DAPCS).
The 'non-cooperation' strike will affect services in 2300 institutions including 1817 primary health care centres, 443 rural and cottage hospitals in Maharashtra. If the strike extends beyond July 22, it would also hamper the swine flu surveillance programme.
Doctors including senior health officers, deputy directors of the Health directorate all over the state are on mass leave and have stopped all non-emergency services including admission of patients, General Secretary of Federation of Health officers, Maharashtra Dr Ashok Kamble told reporters here.
"Although we have decided to keep the emergency services and post-mortem department on for today and tomorrow, we will meet tomorrow to decide on further course of action," he said.
It is not that the doctors are on non-cooperation movement from today but had been expressing their demands since the last three months regularly, Kamble said.
Source: Zee News