ANDHRA PRADESH

Junior doctors' stir enters fifth day

SEEKING DIVINE BLESSINGS: Junior doctors offering prayers at Sai Baba temple in Dilsukhnagar on Wednesday.

SEEKING DIVINE BLESSINGS: Junior doctors offering prayers at Sai Baba temple in Dilsukhnagar on Wednesday.  

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Health care services in all Government teaching hospitals remained paralysed as striking junior doctors stayed away from work for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday.

To cope with the strike, the Government sought the cooperation of the Andhra Pradesh Private Nursing Homes Association, Indian Medical Association and Army hospitals. The Principal Secretary (Health), I. V. Subba Rao, said patients had been diverted to these hospitals to ease the situation. Since Tuesday 82 doctors have been recruited.

The medicos prayed at temples in Hyderabad and Vijayawada and distributed pamphlets citing the reasons for the strike. Abiding by the High Court directive not to enter Government hospitals, they confined their protest to the colleges. The Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors' Association leaders filed a counter-affidavit in the court. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday. The junior doctors met the Director of Medical Education, G. Sai Gopal, and submitted a memorandum complaining about Tuesday's arrests. The association faxed a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission, giving details of the state of affairs in Government hospitals and the circumstances leading to the strike. They complained that their rights had been violated following their detention in police station without food and water.

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