Doctors in Tamil Nadu should return to work till 2 pm on Thursday or else their posts will be considered vacant, said AIADMK leader and state Health Minister C Vijaybhaskar.
C Vijaybhaskar further said that all demands of the doctors will be taken into consideration. However, if the protest continues, action will be taken against protesting doctors.
“They will be removed and their posts will be made vacant for others to apply if they do not resume work. About 10,017 doctors have already applied for the posts,” said the health minister while addressing the reporters in Salem, Tamil Nadu.
“They have appeared for exams and we have issued appointment orders. If needed, new doctors will be appointed,” added Vijaybhaskar.
Echoing similar remarks, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapadi K Palanisamy asserted that stringent action will be taken against doctors’ strike.
A case has also been filed in the Madras High court seeking direction to the state government to bring an end to the doctor’s strike as communicable diseases are on surging, affecting patients who need immediate treatment.
The indefinite strike by doctors associated with Federation of Government Doctors Association (FOGDA) entered its seventh day on Thursday.
The agitated doctors have been demanding better pay as per the clause in Government Order 354, retaining 50 per cent quota in post-graduation courses, besides other demands.
The indefinite strike launched by the doctors under FOGDA on October 25th was to remind the state government to fulfil demands assured to them in a meeting held between the doctor association and the government on August 27th earlier this year.