Junior doctors of Andhra Medical College, working at King George Hospital and other government hospitals in the city, took out a rally on the premises of KGH on the eighth day of their indefinite strike and met Principal of AMC N. Kalpana Subrahmanyam.

Junior doctors in the State are on the strike demanding that the Government withdraw the GOs on compulsory rural service at the end of the degree course; preference for doctors who worked in PHCs under Vaidya Vidhana Parishad to migrate to Government Hospitals as Assistant Professors and collecting more than Rs. 7 lakh by the private medical colleges from each student at the time of admission to be paid back as stipend.

The junior doctors stopped attending emergency work from day one of the strike to put pressure on the Government, president of AMC unit of AP Junior Doctors Association Md. Shahnawaz said.

There were some indications of the Government initiating a dialogue with the striking junior doctors at Hyderabad in a day or two.

Before the rally commenced, the doctors of KGH who are conducting a protest demonstration every morning near the KGH demanding the Government to keep the State unified, advised the junior doctors to join the protest since it was a major issue but later decided to continue with their strike.

There are 366 PG students and 165 house surgeons with AMC working in different hospitals. In addition there are 162 service PG students and 58 non-stipendiary house surgeons working in them.

Work at KGH was being carried out with the help of service PGs and the non-stipendiary house surgeons, informed Superintendent in-charge G. Venkateswara Reddy.

On Tuesday, there were 807 in patients at KGH and 1,152 out patients were treated. New admissions on the day were 109 while 103 were discharged.

Twenty six major surgeries and 43 minor surgeries were performed and 12 deliveries took place. A total of 104 emergencies were attended.

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