HYDERABAD: Demanding CGHS pay scales to non-teaching doctors, members of Andhra Pradesh Government Doctors Association (APGDA) took up indefinite hunger-strike and boycotted all family planning and elective surgeries at Government hospitals on Friday.

As many as ten doctors from APGDA volunteered to ‘sit-in’ and take part in the indefinite strike at the office of Director of Health, Koti. Former Health Minister Nagam Janardhan Reddy met the protesting doctors to extend support for their cause.

The impact of the strike on normal medical services was modest, as doctors attended outpatient and emergency services in all city government hospitals. The elective and family planning surgeries, however, at all maternity hospitals, were deferred indefinitely. Gandhi and OGH alone conduct over 200 elective surgeries on a daily basis.

Hospital superintendents are pinning hopes on a breakthrough, on this issue, between authorities and protesting doctors. For, they maintain that if the strike continues, it will impact medical services in the coming few days.