Medicos enlist public support

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The joint action committee (JAC) of the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors Association took up a campaign on Wednesday, seeking support to their ongoing agitation on private medical colleges issue.

Medicos distributed pamphlets at bus bays, bus stations, railway station and at important traffic junctions explaining why they were forced to go on strike, the danger a poorly equipped medical college would pose to society, lack of sufficient number of teachers and equipment in Government hospitals and medical colleges and several other inadequacies.

None of their demands - derecognising private medical colleges that lacked facilities, cancellation of essentiality certificates to new medical colleges that did not have basic facilities, filling management quota seats based on EAMCET rank, provision of all facilities and adequate number of teaching staff in private and Government medical colleges, implementation of the Justice Jeevan Reddy Commission recommendations and introduction of residential system for junior doctors - was against welfare of the people, the APJUDA said.

The Government's statement that patients were suffering due to the strike itself confirmed the fact that junior doctors were performing the duties of doctors in hospitals, it pointed out.

Meanwhile, some junior doctors and post-graduate students vacated the hostels on their own. It was also learnt that the authorities were told by the Government not to go ahead with its earlier order asking junior doctors and PG students to vacate the hostels.

Some 30 doctors from private hospitals and defence establishments were being engaged in King George Hospital.

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