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TN Govt doctors stay away from OPD over salary, promotions

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Government doctors across Tamil Nadu boycotted Tuesday demanding time-bound promotions and salaries on par with their counterparts in other states and at the centre.

sources said were partially affected and doctors attended to emergency cases.

Over 18,000 doctors of medical colleges, primary health centres, government hospitals, Employees' State Insurance (ESI) dispensaries and hospitals took part in the protest, the Government Doctors Association said.

"However, emergency cases were exempted," its N told

He said the association members would boycott elective surgeries and classes in medical colleges across the state from December 8 if their demands were not met by then.

He said they were demanding three time-bound promotions-in the fourth, ninth and 13th year of service instead of the existing pattern of eight, 15 and 20 years.

"We have been demanding this for the past 10 years. Doctors working in many other state governments and central government are given promotion like this," he said adding even a government committee in had recommended it a couple of months ago.

When contacted by PTI, state Health J Radhakrishnan refused to comment.

Meanwhile, a report from said outpatient services in various government hospitals in the district and in neighbouring district were affected due to the protest.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 21:05 IST