Medicos' indefinite fast enters second day

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Chennai, Nov 21 (UNI) The indefinite relay fast by medicos, protesting against the Centre's proposed one year compulsory rural posting which would extend the MBBS course by an one year from the present five and a half years, entered the second day today.

The medicos are seeking immediate intervention of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to solve the issue.

Medical students and house surgeons of 14 government medical colleges across the state participated in the fast and boycotted classes, as part of the second phase of their agitation.

In Chennai city, students of Madras, Stanley and Kilpauk Medical Colleges and house surgeons sat on a fast in front of the Madras Medical and Stanley Medical Colleges.

Carrying placards, the medicos shouted slogans, denouncing the Centre for going ahead with its decision. They wanted the Union Health Ministry to drop the move immediately as it would affect them from getting permanent jobs.

Similar protests were being held in front of the goverment hospitals and colleges in Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli, a spokesperson of the Tamil Nadu Medical Students and House Surgeons Council said.

The medicos had decided to go ahead with their agitation despite an assurance by Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss that there was no move to introduce a bill, making one year compulsory rural postings, in the ongoing Parliament session.

The minister had said the Centre would take a decision on this only after the Dr Sambasiva Rao committee, constituted to go into the issue submitted its report, but the medicos declared that they had no faith in the committee and demanded that the government drop the move immediately.


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