Jr doctors call off strike after talking with Home Minister

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Hyderabad, Dec 19 (UNI) Junior doctors of all Government teaching hosptials in Andhra Pradesh called off their stir today after holding talks with the State Home Minister K Jana Reddy, for more than three hours at his chambers.

The State Government today invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) prohibiting junior doctors from resorting to strike for a period of six months with an immediate effect.

According to an official release, State Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department Principal Secretary P K Agarwal said the Department had issued G O 443, declaring the services of junior doctors connected with medical education as essential service for the purpose of invoking ESMA. With this, the junior doctors were prohibited to organise strikes for a period of six months.

He said the junior doctors - internees and Post Graduate students - of Government medical and dental colleges and hospitals governed by medical education in public interest was declared as essential services.

Meanwhile, the city Additional Commissioner of Police Surendra Babu said a 20 member Armed Reservce (AR) police personnel under the supervision of a Sub Inspector would be deployed at every Government teaching hosptials in the city.

The junior doctors were demanding that the Government should give a written undertaking that Special Protection Force (SPF) would be provided at all Government hosptials.


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