The striking doctors, demanding revision in their pay packages, held demonstrations and raised anti—government slogans pressing for early resolution to their grievances, even as the health care system remained paralysed for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday.

Work was badly affected in Government Medical College and several hospitals in Jammu district due to the strike, they said, adding however, emergency services were being run by senior doctors in the district.

The strike has affected the health care services in Primary Health Centres hospitals at Samba, Rajouri, Ramban, Poonch, Udhampur, Kathua, Billawar, Basholi, Bhaderwah, Doda, Kishtwar and Batote of Jammu region.

The doctors this morning held demonstrations and raised anti-government slogans demanding early resolution to their grievances.

At the government medical college some patients and their relatives also held demonstrations demanding immediate medicare facilities and urged the government to fulfil the striking doctors’s demands.

The strike would continue till the government does not accept their demands, a spokesman of DJAC said.

The strike has been called by Doctors Joint Action Committee (DJAC) in protest against the government for not fulfilling their demands.

The strike would continue till the government does not accept our demands, a spokesman of DJAC said.

“During the agitation the routine work in hospitals remains close in entire Jammu division as about 4,000 junior doctors are taking part in the indefinite strike,” Spokesman of DJAC Satyainder Singh told reporters here.

Minister for Medical Education R S Chib assured the doctors that due consideration will be given to their demands and asked them to shun the course of confrontation and resume their duties so that people may not face any inconvenience.

The demands of DJAC included one grade pay higher than 10+2 lecturers, BUMS and BAMS as recommended by S L Bhat committee and payment of arrears from January 2006, and time bound promotions for its members.