To agitate till adequate security is provided apart from Karwan MLA’s arrest

HYDERABAD: The junior doctors on Tuesday stuck to their demand of adequate protection for them at hospitals apart from arrest of Karwan MLA Afsar Khan and decided to meet on Wednesday afternoon to chalk out their future course of agitation.

They described the meeting with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday morning as not yielding much result and said appropriate action from the administration was what they wanted before calling off their agitation. “We were assured of measures to meet our demands, but nothing is happening,” they pointed out.

The junior doctors said they would present their case before the High Court on Wednesday and subsequently meet at the Osmania Medical College to work on their future strategy. Since the present security set-up at the hospitals had failed to instil a sense of security, they wanted armed special protection force to be deployed to keep those trying to create trouble at bay from the hospital premises.

The past incidents and also the recent case have not helped the junior doctors feel secure and that’s why the demand for better security apparatus at the hospitals, APJUDA spokesperson Rajsekhar said. “We want the special protection force and till then cannot go to the hospitals,” he said.

The APJUDA which was contemplating on intensifying the agitation and boycott emergency services also said a decision would be taken after reviewing the developments of the morning.

Meanwhile, the Niloufer Hospital said there was no dislocation of services due to the agitation and that the children admitted there were being taken care of with the assistance of additional doctors and nurses deputed here. “There is no major disruption and the patients are getting treatment in all the units,” the hospital authorities maintained.

The Jana Chaitanya Vedika has urged the junior doctors to call off their agitation and resume duties in the interest of children in need of medicare.

In a statement issued here, the Vedika also urged the government to initiate steps for more security at the hospitals.