With the State Government making it clear that it would not hold any talks till the strike is withdrawn, the junior doctors on Friday decided to boycott the emergency services across the State from Friday evening.
According to Dr G Aditya of Junior Doctors’ Association, the junior doctors across the State have been forced to intensify their strike due to the non-responsive attitude of the government. He said the junior doctors went on strike for genuine demands, which the State Government is not willing to discuss.
The junior doctors said that they would not withdraw the strike even if the government invokes Essential Services Maintenance Act against them.
Meanwhile, Medical and Health Minister Kondru Murali Mohan said that the government was not afraid of the threats being issued by junior doctors. He said the government would not hold talks until the junior doctors withdraw their strike. Describing the demands as ‘illegal’, he suspected some political motive behind the strike.
The minister also alleged that private hospitals were getting benefitted due to the on-going strike of junior doctors. He said the government would make alternate arrangements to ensure that the patients to not suffer due to the strike.
Kondru said that the government was proposing to increase the quota for Backward Classes in the MBBS seat. However, the decided was postponed due to the strike of junior doctors. (INN)
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