Medicos, House Surgeons to "fast unto death" from tomorrow

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Chennai, Nov 29 (UNI) Medicos and House Surgeons in Tamil Nadu, agitating against the Centre's move to extend the MBBS course by one year, today decided to intensify their stir by launching ''fast unto death'' from tomorrow.

A day after the Dr Sambasiva Rao committee was constituted to go into the issue of one year compulsory rural posting, the Medicos resorted to novel means of protest and decided to launch fast unto death.

''We are willing to lay down our lives. If our deaths result in a solution, let the victory be written on the coffins,'' a respresentative of the Tamil Nadu Medical Students and House Surgeons Council said.

In the city, students of Madras Medical, Stanley and Kilpauk Medical Colleges organised blood donation camp and cleaned up their college premises to convey that they were not against rural service.

In Salem, the medicos sported saffron dress and carried books on their heads to drive home the point that they have to forego everything if the Centre went ahead with its decision and extended the MBBS course by one year.

Students of Thanjavur Medical College, to show that they were not against serving in rural areas, carried goods like coolies.

After series of agitations, the medicos had launched a relay hunger strike last week, but called off the fast, after Chief Minister M Karunanidhi held talks with them and assured to write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.

The medicos gave up the fast in deference to the assurance given by the Chief Minister, but continued with their strike by boycotting the class.


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