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Doctors urged to withdraw their move to strike work

State to recruit doctors, assistants and attenders

HYDERABAD: The three Ministers dealing with health, medical and related affairs will have discussions with heads of different departments here on April 8 on the demands of the Government doctors who are on an agitation.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Friday, Vaidya Vidhan Parishad & Hospital Services Minister V. Venkateswara Rao said Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy had asked them to resolve the doctors’ agitation at the earliest by having discussions with the heads of departments first before submitting the proposals to Finance Minister K. Rosaiah.

The other two Ministers who will take part in the discussions are G. Aruna (Arogyasri & Medical Education) and S. Chandrasekhar (Health & Family Welfare).

Among other things, the doctors are demanding payment of the Central Government Health Scheme pay scales.

The Minister appealed to the doctors to withdraw their move to go on an indefinite strike.

Mr. Venkateswara Rao said as many as 491 doctors and an equal number of assistants and attenders would be recruited in line with the decision taken by the Cabinet on Thursday, to run the Ayush clinics at the primary health centres.

Appointment orders would be issued by May-end. Emphasis was being laid on Ayush clinics as they would help the people in rural areas better.

Similarly, 36 professors and 32 lecturers would be appointed to the ayurvedic, unani, homoeo etc teaching hospitals by May.