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JUDA to continue stir as talks fail

JUDA to continue  stir as talks fail
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Junior doctors, under the umbrella of the AP Junior Doctors’ Association, who are on the path of protests from July 29, stated that they would intensify their agitation from Friday. As part of their protests, on Thursday, they cordoned DME office. They held talks with the Additional DME which went in vain. “We demanded the government to scrap off GO No 93 and other related GOs but so far no assurance has been given,” criticised Dr Vamsi, leader, Junior Doctors Association. “Instead of solving our demands, State government remained unmoved. We will contibue our demands until our demands are met,” said Vamsi.

Junior doctors, under the umbrella of the AP Junior Doctors’ Association, who are on the path of protests from July 29, stated that they would intensify their agitation from Friday. As part of their protests, on Thursday, they cordoned DME office. They held talks with the Additional DME which went in vain. “We demanded the government to scrap off GO No 93 and other related GOs but so far no assurance has been given,” criticised Dr Vamsi, leader, Junior Doctors Association. “Instead of solving our demands, State government remained unmoved. We will contibue our demands until our demands are met,” said Vamsi.

The Department of Medical Education too did not respond to the junior doctors’ demands. The prevailing political situation in the State has also turned out to be a big blow to the junior doctors’ strike. They demanded withdrawal of GO No 93 which allows private hospitals to collect extra fees from students to pay their stipend for the next academic year. They also came up with the demand of regularisation of rural services for PGs.

The students of 14 medical colleges attached to government teaching hospitals participated in the strike. Above 18,000 medical students abstained from duties in the government teaching hospitals and boycotted emergency services. They alleged that the government was out to act against the striking doctors under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). Because of 11 days of prolonged strike, medical services, especially, emergency and elective services at Gandhi, Osmania were affected badly.

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