Amritsar, July 28
With the health authorities cancelling the deputation orders of the staff working in various government hospitals, the health staff today went on a two-day strike at Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Civil Hospital here and demanded immediate withdrawal of the orders.
They claimed that the cancellation of deputation would adversely affect the functioning of the 200-bedded hospital. They pointed out that in the absence of sanctioned posts in various categories, the cancellation of deputation orders would wreak havoc with the proper working of the hospital.
“We are on a two-day strike from today and would intensify the stir if the authorities concerned fail to provide relief to the staff members,” they said, adding that only emergency services would be available during the period.
Rakesh Sharma, chairman of the Employees Welfare Association, pointed out that even as the state government extended the building infrastructure and made the hospital 200-bedded, it had not increased the sanctioned posts due to which the majority of the employees here were working on deputation. Now, if the deputation staff are relieved from the hospital and shifted to their original work places, the functioning of the Civil Hospital would be jeopardised.
Citing an example, he said the hospital had 24-hour emergency services. Besides a blood bank, a laboratory and X-ray units also work day and night. But it had just two to six sanctioned posts in these departments while the number of required staff was very high.
Navdeep Bhatia, president of the association, said the association had already spelt out the problems which the hospital would face in case of shifting of the staff who were on deputation in the hospital. He said these employees had worked hard to bring the hospital at number one position in the state. However, the authorities had failed to take notice of it.
The association urged the Chief Minister, the Health Minister and other authorities not to shift the staff or cancel the deputation till the required posts are sanctioned in the hospital. “We also urge the health authorities to regularise the staff in the hospital. The association threatened to intensify the agitation in the near future by gong on an indefinite strike, if the authorities failed to pay any heed to their demands.
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