Haridwar, November 9

The ongoing indefinite strike by pharmacists and paramedical employees has taken a toll on medical facilities in the district.

With all government hospitals and health centres closed, patients are being forced to go to private medical stores for buying medicines. The pharmacists boycotted work and staged a protest under the aegis of the Uttarakhand Diploma Pharmacists Association at Har Milap Mission Chikitsalaya today.
The pharmacists are demanding increase in wages; time-bound payment of arrears. The medical lab technicians were already on strike demanding various sops. With medical lad technicians on strike, patients had to return from government hospitals. They are demanding Rs 4,200 as grade pay, besides other facilities.
Pankaj Verma, district head of the association, said though the state government had agreed to the majority of our demands, it didn’t give any clear indication related to demand for increase in the grade pay. As per the Employees State Insurance Scheme project, a 200-bedded hospital would be set up in Haridwar. The number of medical dispensaries would also be raised in the coming years.

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