Dentists in Kerala to strike work on Jul 23
Posted on: 22 Jul 2012
The Indian Dental Association, Kerala Chapter will go on a statewide strike on July 23 in protest against 'arbitrary allocation of dental colleges' in the state.
Talking to newspersons here Kerala State Dental Association President-elect Antony Thomas and IDA Malabar Branch Secretary Jamal N P said there was no justification for the recent sanction of nine dental colleges despite the fact the existing colleges are functioning in a miserable condition.
The government needed to improve the functioning of the colleges, which, they said, are understaffed, prior to sanctioning of new colleges.
In the state, there were 23 dental colleges, which they said, are proportionally on the higher side by considering the norms set by the World Health Organisation on population ratio, they said.
Accusing the government of violating Indian Dentist Act, they said many dental hospitals came up in the corporate sector by using money power and influence.
The association would also stage a dharna before the State Secretariat on July 23, they added.
Other demands included provision for dental clinics in all public health centres and repeal of 'unpractibale' Clinical Establishment Act, among others. (UNI)