TN govt doctors boycott OP service

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Chennai, June 27 (UNI) Government doctors across Tamil Nadu today boycotted out-patient (OP) service for two hours, protesting against the assault of a doctor in a government hospital at Ponneri in Tiruvallur district on June 18.

Doctors at various government hospitals in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Thanjavur, Dindigul, Salem and Nagapattinam districts suspended out-patient service for two hours from 0730 to 0930 hrs.

The doctors, who wore black badges to register their protest, decided to continue the stir tomorrow. They would decide the future course of action at the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association state executive to be held in Tiruchirapalli on June 29.

Meanwhile, Dr Kalanidhi, Medical Education Director, said patients were not affected as the doctors resumed duty after registering their protest.

He said the issue would be taken to the notice of the government.

The agitating doctors demanded action against advocates who had assaulted Dr G M Nandakumar at the Ponneri Government Hospital on June 18. It was eight days since the incident took place, but no action was taken despite a police complaint.

They also wanted the state government to promulgate an ordinance on the lines of Andhra Pradesh to protect the doctors.

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