The relay hunger strike by the agitating junior doctors entered the ninth day at the Government General Hospital here on Monday.
Speaking to the mediapersons, doctor Karthikeyan, a member of the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors' Association, said that six doctors were on the hunger strike and agitation had entered the 26th day all over the State. “The efforts by our committee members and some parents to meet the Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy failed when they were refused permission to meet him.
As many as 50 doctors were arrested at the Musheerabad crossroads and the indefinite hunger strike at the Gandhi Hospital, Hyderabad has reached the sixth day,” he added.
The day witnessed junior doctors giving slogans against the State government and demanded immediate redress of their demands.
Dr. Karthikeyan said that all the agitating doctors in the 10 Government General Hospitals were waiting for the next move by their leaders on whether to block the emergency services or to continue with the hunger strike.
In Guntur Protests continued on the Government General Hospital (GGH) premises under the aegis of Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors Association (APJUDA), which alleged that the Government was not interested in redressing their grievances while the GGH administration struggled to render full-fledged services.
The APJUDA warned that they would completely boycott emergency services also from Tuesday if the Government remained non-committal.
The junior doctors have been agitating for almost a month now demanding regular payment of stipend and for an increase in it as per an existing agreement. They also wanted the proposal which makes a year's service in rural areas mandatory, to be scrapped.
Attempts by GGH Superintendent Ch. Mohan Rao and Guntur Medical College (GMC) principal K.S. Vara Prasad to persuade the junior doctors failed as they refused to believe assurances.
Meanwhile, the teaching staff of GMC staged a protest on the GGH premises demanding rectification of anomalies in the pay scales stipulated by University and time-bound promotions.
They demanded that the Government should take steps at the earliest to meet their just demands. The demands are pending for a long time.