BHOPAL : All the government doctors and paramedical staff of the state would pose a state-wide protest around 1 pm on Saturday at their corresponding district hospitals. A meeting would be organised on Sunday for deciding the future course of action. Addressing a press conference at Ravindra Bhavan on Thursday the members of Madhya Pradesh Medical Officer’s Association (MPMOA) provided the information.

The press conference was called by the MPMOA and medical employees’ union jointly to condemn the actions taken by various administrative officers against the senior doctors and supporting staff. As many as 11 doctors were suspended within the last two days by the administrative officers of the department.

President of MPMOA Dr Ajay Khare said at present only 4,000 posts out of the sanctioned 7,400 posts of the doctors and specialists are occupied in the state and there is a scarcity of around 18,000 paramedical staff. Due to this there is tremendous workload on the doctors and supporting staff which is often overlooked by the administrative officials during inspections.

General secretary of MPMOA Dr Madhav Hasani said the actions against the doctors should not be taken till the time of recruitment of necessary staff and availability of needed resources. The association objects the decision of suspension of the doctors. The administrative officials are adopting autocratic approach against the doctors. The achievements made by the state at the national level in the medical field are only due to the sheer hard work of the doctors and supporting staff.

PRO of MPMOA Dr Arun Saxena said doctors were being suspended without any reason which showed that the administration was working with prejudiced mind. A special committee comprising of senior doctors should be formed to decide the action against the doctors. The scarcity of the staff should be taken care of as early as possible. The administrative officers are equally responsible for any shortcomings in the medical facilities and they should also be made liable for it.

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