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Junior doctors begin indefinite strike

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Joint Action Committee of the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors Association (APJUDA) began its indefinite strike in all the Government teaching hospitals on Saturday noon by boycotting medical services, including emergency care.

Carrying out their threat of launching an indefinite strike if the Government failed to concede their major demands by Saturday, the junior doctors trooped out of the hospitals at mid-day even before completing their morning shifts.

In Osmania General Hospital, junior doctors came out of the wards and gathered near the hospital Superintendent's office and raised slogans. They staged a dharna for sometime to mark the beginning of the strike. Services in Gandhi hospital and nine other Government hospitals were affected. The APJUDA president, B. R. Suresh Babu, said junior doctors had no alternative but to intensify the strike as the Government remained adamant and refused to cooperate with the court. He said the students would continue to strike work and at the same time go to the public to present their case.

Stir in districts

A report from Vijayawada said junior doctors struck work and later took out a procession from Siddhartha medical college and staged a dharna in front of the college building. In Tirupati, the students assembled at Alipiri centre and vowed to continue the struggle. The APJUDA leaders claimed that junior doctors participated in the strike in Kurnool, Warangal, Kakinada and Visakhapatnam.

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