Kottayam: Kerala Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation Shibubaby John on Sunday stressed the need for major changes in the Employees State Insurance Sector.
   
In his message read out at the State annual Conference of Kerala Government Insurance Medical Officers Association here, John said the conference will discuss wholeheartedly the crisis and the new trends prevailing in the sector, he said.
   
Inaugurating the conference, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the approach of doctors was important compared with the treatment and medicines.
   
In her presidential address, KGIMOA president Anitha S Sindhu said doctors and their families should get free medical treatment facility. The number of staff had not increased though the work load rose three-fold.
    
Other demands include raising the retirement age from 56 to 58, solve pay revision anomalies and appoint more doctors. Out of 467 vacancies of doctors, only 300 were filled while the number of patients increased from two lakh to six lakh. In Kerala there were nine hospitals and 137 dispensaries under ESI.

(Agencies)

Latest News from State News Desk