• Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

Haryana doctors strike likely to affect state medical services on Jan 11

As Haryana recorded more than 5,000 cases of coronavirus on Sunday, medical services in the state are at risk of being hit as government doctors are due to stage a statewide strike on Tuesday against their three pending claims.

At least 3,000 doctors under the banner of the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association will shut down Outpatient Department (OPD) departments in all government hospitals on January 11 and all medical services including Covid and Emergency duties on January 14, State President Dr. Jasbir Singh told Parmar.

They demand the hiring of medical specialists, the cessation of the direct recruitment of chief medical officers and the revision of the post-graduate policy.

Previously, doctors were due to observe a similar strike on December 13, but postponed it after a meeting with Health Minister Anil Vij, who assured them that all their problems would be resolved.

Dr Parmar said that since there was no solution until December 31, as assured by the minister, doctors are required to strike against the “insensitive” government.

“At a recent meeting with state officials last week, we were again assured that our demands would be met and asked to call off the strike in view of the pandemic. Later, our central committee meeting was held and we decided that because there was no seriousness towards our demands. We don’t want to disturb the public and if there is an untoward incident, the government will be responsible for it,” he added.

On Friday, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had “hoped” that doctors would not strike. “The Minister of Health chaired a meeting with them and I think the solution will be known very soon,” Khattar told reporters.

Haryana adds 5,166 new infections to tally

Haryana recorded 5,166 new Covid infections (including 13 Omicron cases) on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases to 18,298.

According to the health bulletin, 41,109 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, of which 5,166 new cases were detected, with Gugugram reporting the highest 2,338 new infections. According to the data, Faridabad recorded 878 new cases, Panchkula (418), Ambala (420), Karnal (181), Rohtak (158) and Sonepat (146).

At least 13,223 patients across the state are in home isolation.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Anil Vij said 980 doctors (Haryana Civil Medical Services Group-A) will soon be recruited. He said an announcement was also released in this regard. Vij said that of these 980 positions, 270 are General category, 472 are SC category, 80 are BC-A category, 25 are BC-B category and 133 are EWS category.

31 other PGIMS staff test positive

Thirty-one staff at the Rohtak Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) tested positive on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections among employees to 107 in just four days.

PGIMS spokesperson Dr Varun Arora said 15 staff were found to be infected on January 6, 16 on January 7 and 45 on January 8.

“Of these 31 new cases, 11 are doctors. We have collected samples from staff as a precaution and many of them are testing positive,” he added.

Reunion of prison inmates, their families suspended

The bi-weekly meeting between prisoners and their family members has been suspended in Haryana prisons, Prisons Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala has said.

Interacting with media in Sirsa, he said the government has decided to suspend the “physical mulaqat” of all prisoners held in various prisons in the state due to the increase in Covid cases. “We will resume physical meetings with inmates after the situation improves. We have also ordered prison officials and other employees to be released from prison, if necessary,” the prison minister added.