Protesting staff set up parallel OPD outside KIMS hospital

The protesting staff of Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in the city, who have shut the regular out-patient department (OPD), have set up a parallel OPD outside the hospital.

Although the protesting staff claimed that over 900 patients were seen free of cost on Tuesday, most patients were put to hardship as the parallel OPD had not been set up in an organised manner. Junior doctors were posted in the parallel OPD and speciality-wise consultation was not provided.

Demanding that the management scrap the additional appointment of nearly 700 non-teaching staff, members of the Rajya Vokkaligara Sangha Employees’ Association have threatened to start a relay hunger strike from Wednesday. “The parallel OPD will continue till our demands are met,” said Sangha president Vinod Kumar A.C. He said in-patients and emergency cases have not been hit by the protest.

“The management had recruited nearly 700 non-teaching staff whose services are not required while regular staff have been denied allowances in their salary for the last two years. The requirement is only for about 220 personnel. We want the excess appointments to be scrapped,” Dr. Vinod Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the Vokkaligara Sangha that had convened a meeting of the protesting staff and KIMS authorities has agreed to clear the dues towards allowances of the staff. “We will discuss the issue in the executive committee meeting of the Sangha on July 24 and decide on clearing the allowances of the staff,” said Sangha president D.N. Bettegowda.

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