Maharashtra Govt doctors call off strike



Mumbai: About 8,000 doctors and senior officials of the Maharashtra Health services on Thursday called off their three-day strike after the State Government agreed to hike salaries and take up their other demands at the cabinet meeting next week.

Assurance to put up all the three demands of the doctors in the cabinet meeting on July 29 was given by state Health Minister Rajendra Shingane after two hours of talks between the Federation of Health Officers of Maharashtra and Public Health officials here.

The government would incur an additional expenditure of Rs 100 crore towards increased salaries for the doctors, official sources said.

"If the government does not implement the demand we will go on strike again," Federation Secretary, Dr Ashok Kamble said.

The doctors were demanding non-practicing 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 Government has agreed to a non-practicing allowance of Rs 35 per day in urban areas and Rs 50 per day in rural areas, the sources said.

The 'non-cooperation' strike had affected services in 2,300 institutions, including 1,817 primary health care centres, 443 rural and cottage hospitals in Maharashtra.

The Doctors, including senior health officers, deputy directors of the Health Directorate, were on mass leave and had stopped all non-emergency services, including admission of the patients.

Bureau Report