TAMIL NADU

Medical students begin indefinite struggle

Madurai Bureau

To end “controversial proposal” of Union Health Minister

TIRUNELVELI: Students of the Tirunelveli Medical College on Monday commenced their indefinite struggle against the Union Health Ministry’s proposal to introduce compulsory rural medical service for the medicos across the country from this academic year onwards.

The protesting medical students have appealed to the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, to intervene immediately to put an end to this row.

Holding placards against the “controversial proposal” of Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, the protestors also raised slogans against it.

They said the Union Health Ministry’s proposal, while increasing the duration of the MBBS course from five-and-a-half year to six-and-a-half year, would only pave way for employing the doctors in rural areas only on temporary basis for a paltry salary since medicos would be posted there on temporary basis on a consolidated pay.

Moreover, it would also badly affect the medical students’ plans of going for higher studies.

Addressing the protestors, the students’ union chairman, Ilaiyaraja, said the Union Health Ministry constituted the Sambasiva Rao Committee to look into the decision on making rural medical services mandatory for medical students.

“The Minister’s announcement has defeated the very purpose of the formation of the committee,” he said.

The medicos here have planned to conduct relay hunger strike from Tuesday onwards.

Tuticorin

The house surgeons and students of Tuticorin Medical College and Hospital boycotted classes and staged a dharna to press their multiple charter of demands.

According to them, the Union Health Minister should issue an ‘affirmative’ statement that the proposed move to increase the duration of MBBS course would be dropped altogether.

About 400 students and house surgeons took part in the agitation.

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