AP mulls Ordinance for doctors' protection

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Hyderabad, Dec 15 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Government today decided to promulgate an Ordinance for the protection of doctors at all government hospitals, as the junior doctors went on a strike by boycotting their duties and demanding that the government provide protection to them.

According to official sources here, Chief Secretary J Harinarayan, who reviewed the situation with top officials before leaving for Bangalore, directed them to solve the issue immediately.

The meeting decided to bring an ordinance to provide for Special Protection Force (SPF) at all government hosptials and to book cases against those, who attack hospital staff.

The junior doctors were demanding that the government deploy SPF personnel at all government hosptials in the wake of the attack on doctors at Niloufer Children's Hospital on December 2 and Nayapool Maternity Hospital yesterday.

The junior doctors, who boycotted duties at all teaching hospitals in the city and medical colleges in the state, had organised dharnas in front of the hospitals.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had extended its support to the agitation and called for a state-wide strike on December 17.


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