Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the medical services in Punjab have been hit on Friday after doctors of state-run hospitals have joined a day-long strike to protest against the 6th Pay Commission recommendations on de-linking non-practising allowance (NPA) from the basic pay.
The impact of the doctors' strike against the Punjab 6th Pay commission was seen more in rural areas of the state.
The medical services in OPDs were affected due to the strike, however, the emergency services were exempted from the strike. The Patients and their attendants have blamed the government for problems that they have been facing.
A resident of Amritsar said that the common man is suffering because of the strike as they can't afford the costly private treatment.
The Joint Punjab Government Doctors Coordination Committee, supported by the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association, the Punjab Medical Teachers Association, the Rural Medical Officers Association, the Punjab Dental Medical Officers Association, and the Punjab Ayurveda Officers Association has called for a strike.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday constituted a committee of ministers to resolve the grievances of employees.
Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Social Justice Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Medical Education and Research Minister OP Soni, and Health Minister Balbir Sidhu would be a part of the committee.
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