State IAP urges govt to fulfill long pending demands

DIMAPUR, APR 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/18/2021 12:20:27 PM IST

State chapter of Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) affiliated to World confederation for physical Therapy (WCPT) has welcomed the passing of The National Commission for Allied and Health Care Professions Act, 2021 by both Houses of Parliament and urged the State government to fulfil its long-pending demands. 

While highlighting the National Commission for Allied and Health Care Professions Act, 2021 passed in the Parliament, it said the definition of Physiotherapy under the Act has given physiotherapists the rights to practise independently, diagnose, investigate and examine cases related to ailments under the scope of practice. Mentioning that physiotherapists would henceforth be considered healthcare professionals as a separate stream as per the Act, IAP stressed that they should not be confused with paramedics.

Meanwhile, IAP State unit demanded fulfilment of its long-pending demand by the State government as early possible. These include recruitment of qualified and adequate number of physiotherapists under the directorate of health services for different State hospitals up to primary healthcare centres, recruitment of qualified and adequate number of physiotherapists in Cancer Hospital, medical colleges and different State sport boards and recruitment on regular basis and permanent.

Further, IAP unit demanded modification of physiotherapist recruitment rules by upgraded the posts of physiotherapists from Group B Gazetted to Group A Gazetted, as per qualification and experience.

Insisting that mode of recruitment or selection must be through written examination or through Nagaland Public Service Commission as done in previous recruitments, the association demanded that the State physiotherapy selection/interview board must include qualified and eligible physiotherapist, besides modification in pay scale and classification of employees as per ‘ Government of India norms and regulations.

IAP also called for upgrading the pay scale and classification of existing physiotherapists under the State government as per Central rules on the basis of educational-cum-professional qualification and experience, besides establishing at least one pure physiotherapy college under the State government.


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