ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress terms doctors' strike unreasonable

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has asked striking junior doctors to have a rethink on their agitation in the larger interest of society and get back to their duties.

In a statement here on Saturday, E. Pratap Reddy, secretary of the CLP, and V. Vasant Kumar, executive member, and N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Government Chief Whip, said the strike was unreasonable as the Government was addressing all their demands sincerely.

It had already cancelled the essentiality certificates issued to seven colleges so far. The issue of sanction of new private medical colleges had been referred to the working group and admission through the management quota on the basis of EAMCET results would be made more transparent.

Likewise, the Government had hosted the names of all the faculty of private colleges on the website of the NTR University of Health Sciences along with their registration numbers. The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, had also agreed to constitute a State Health Mission to rectify the flaws in medical education and the health sector. They said the Government had so far succeeded in securing recognition to 121 PG seats derecognised earlier. Moreover, it was a continuous process and would be taken care of, they added. The demand that the residency system be implemented had been accepted in principle and additional resources were being mobilised from various sources.

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