After the Uttarakhand government hiked the salaries of contractual doctors in the state, the government doctors, too, have been demanding improving working conditions for them and implementation of Direct Assured Career Progression (DACP).
Non-existent promotional avenues and poor salaries are some of the reasons that are discouraging young doctors from rendering services in the state. “The government is not serious about improving the lot of the government doctors, nor does it make the services attractive for young doctors. We have gone hoarse demanding implementation of the DACP but to no avail. After implementing the DACP in 2002, the Centre had asked the state governments to implement the scheme as part of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations for the government doctors,” said BC Ramola, president, Provincial Medical and Health Services (Uttarakhand).