Services in government hospitals in Kerala are likely to be affected with doctors starting a 'non-cooperation' strike from tomorrow in support of their various demands including rectifying anomalies in recent wage revision.
Doctors affiliated to the Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KMOA) would keep away from various government programmes but would not halt treatment to patients, the Association said.
Meanwhile, the state government declared dies non (principle of no-work-no-pay) to counter the stir, a release said.
The doctors demands also include enhancing retirement age.
Meanwhile, state Health Minister VS Sivakumar asked doctors to call off their proposed strike.
He said this was the time doctors should be vigilant against monsoon-related diseases and termed the stir 'unnecessary'.
Stating that government would deal with the strike firmly, Sivakumar said most of the demands raised by doctors were discussed three times in the last three months.
A decision on most of the demands were also taken at the meeting held with KGMOA representatives and this unilateral strike call was 'anti-people', he said.
Government was always ready to meet the genuine demands of doctors, he added.