Mr. Limbavali said he would make alternative arrangements to address the problems of patients.

Employees of 108 ambulance were not participating in the strike and para-medical staff had agreed to return to work as their demands were met.

Mr. Limbavali said the genesis of the problem lies in having parallel authorities such as the Medical Education and Health departments, and there was an idea to form one authority. A solution would be found after considering the technical and legal issues involved, he said.

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