TAMIL NADU

Government doctors continue strike

Availing mass casual leave, the government doctors struck work on Monday and staged a dharna demanding 50% reservation in postgraduate medical courses for doctors working with government bodies.

As a recent HC verdict has denied the government doctors 50% reservation in the postgraduate programmes, a 30-year-old privilege, the doctors working with the primary health centres, government hospitals and medical college hospitals are on the warpath since last week.

After availing mass casual leave, the aggrieved doctors staged a dharna in front of the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital on Monday. Consequently, the elective surgeries scheduled for the day were postponed while emergency surgeries were conducted as usual.

Thoothukudi

Members of the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association staged a dharna on the premises of Thoothukudi Government Medical College Hospital. P. Kumaran, president of the Association, deplored the abolition of quota for admissions to post graduate courses in government medical colleges for service doctors, who work in primary health centres in rural pockets and taluk head-quarter hospitals. He said if such a situation continued then government hospitals would face acute shortage of doctors.

The agitating doctors boycotted the out-patient service. However, emergency cases were attended to. As many as 130 doctors took part in the dharna after availing mass casual leave.

Nagercoil

As part of the strike, over 150 doctors went on mass casual leave at the Kanniyakumari Government Medical College Hospital. However, the OP wards and other wards functioned with 50 to 60 doctors. Doctors from the Primary Health Centres and Sub Health Centres also participated in the strike. The strike was presided over by Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association district president Y. Arul Prakash. President of the Tamil Nadu Medical Council J. A. Jayalal participated.