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Monday, January 8, 2007

"Government doctors' pay structure low"


"Government doctors' pay structure low"

Staff Reporter

Demand for pay as in Central institutions

MADURAI : The Tamil Nadu Government Doctors' Association (TNGDA) will put an end to private practice, if the doctors are on a par with the Central Government-run medical institutions, according to its State president K. Prakasam.

He told journalists here recently that while the association was against those who were guilty of dereliction of duty, it had to be accepted that the existing pay structure of government doctors was low when compared to their workload.

"What we are asking is that we should be paid on a par with those working in Central institutions like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research," Dr. Prakasam said.

Appointment of deans

The association sought the intervention of the Chief Minister in appointment of Deans to medical colleges. At present, there were seven vacant Dean posts in the State, including Madurai.

Dr. Prakasam said that the association was not against the decision of the High Court that appointment of Deans should be made according to Medical Council of India (MCI) norms. But the same norms should be adopted for filling all teaching posts.

"What the association seeks is re-designation of the existing staff as per the MCI norms. We are not asking for either change of pay-scale or pattern of duty," said Dr. Prakasam.

He said that this issue would be discussed at the association's executive committee meeting in Dharmapuri on November 26 and appropriate course of action chalked out.

The association had also requested that forensic and community medicine courses be introduced in big colleges immediately. He said that only 14 teaching faculty in forensic medicine were available in the State against the requirement of 140. Only three postgraduate seats in forensic medicine and four in community medicine were available.

"Even if the courses are introduced immediately in more colleges, it will take another five years to break even," he said.

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