A doctor in Kerala has decided to go on strike after the state government decided to close down the hospital he was in for his job.
The Kondapalli Medical College Hospital in Kondagiri is facing a crisis as it has no medicines and no money to pay its staff.
The doctors say that since the government closed down the institution, there are no patients left and they will only continue their work on the side.
On Sunday, the hospital’s director said the decision to close the hospital was taken by the Kerala government and that they will not be able to pay the staff and doctors salaries.
He also claimed that the state’s Supreme Court had directed the government to shut down the school after the Centre asked the state to fund it.
“We are trying to negotiate with the government and we are also asking the state administration to pay us the salaries.
We are also demanding the hospital be reopened for patients,” the director said.
He added that the medical school had a capacity of 3,000 patients.
“The hospital’s only function was to provide medical assistance to the state.
But since the hospital closed down, we have no medicine and we cannot pay the medical staff salaries,” he said.
The director said he has asked the hospital board to give him the salary he was paid during the closure period.
“I have asked the government not to pay me the salary that I was paid,” he added.
The hospital, which was set up by a local politician, is one of the few hospitals in Kerala that provides emergency care for patients after they die.
Its director is a renowned Indian doctor who has been in the country for more than a decade.
The government of Kerala had announced a Rs 8,000 crore fund to be used for rehabilitation of patients after their deaths.
However, it did not provide any amount of money for the medical education of doctors and other professionals at the school, which also runs a clinic for patients.