The Haryana Medical Civil Services Association (HCMSA) has given an ultimatum to the state government, demanding a separate cadre for specialist doctors.
If their demands aren’t met by Dec 26, all Outpatient Department (OPD) services will be suspended across the state on Dec 27. Emergency services will also cease from Dec 29 if the government remains unresponsive. This decision was made during a statewide HCMSA meeting on Sunday.
On Saturday, doctors suspended OPD services for two hours, causing distress to thousands of patients. Dr. Rajesh Khylalia, HCMSA’s state president, highlighted the prolonged demand for a separate cadre, initially included in the Chief Minister’s announcement two years ago with no progress since.
HCMSA’s written request to Health Minister Anil Vij remains unaddressed, and doctors providing services are burdened with hefty bonds of one to two crore rupees for post-graduate studies. The association urges the government to revert to the previous policy, setting the bond amount at 50 lakh rupees, but no steps have been taken.
Health Minister Anil Vij, discontented with the health department, takes charge on Monday. He has neither reviewed department files nor engaged in discussions with officials. The previous attempt by the additional chief secretary, Ms. Anupama, to pacify doctors failed. Vij may now invite doctors for a meeting to discuss their demands.