A day after the state government disclosed plans to hike the salary of doctors working in government hospitals, health and family welfare minister U. T. Khader Friday dared the doctors to quit, saying the government would not succumb to “blackmail tricks of a few.”
Speaking to media persons here, Mr. Khader said: “Yes, it is going to be tough for everyone. Let the doctors resign first, and only then we can think of strategies to counter them,” adding that all doctors were not in favour of resigning en masse and that only a few were trying to fish in troubled waters.
“The government knows how to deal with this kind of agitators. Let me assure patients that they will somehow be taken care of, and we will do everything possible to run government hospitals,” the minister added.
Mr. Khader alleged that members of Karnataka State Government Doctors’ Association had crossed the limits while submitting their 14-point demands.
“How can any association demand reorganisation of a department?” he queried adding that such a move was the prerogative of the state government or the Chief Minister.
Besides, he also took a dig at the association’s demand for creation of a medical manual which would list the duties of each employee working in the health department.
“We have framed rules how and who should perform what duty. If the association had any problem with this, they could have come out and submitted their suggestions about a medical manual. Why were they keeping quiet all the while,” he asked.