Ahmedabad: Gujarat government on Wednesday sacked
over 600 striking resident doctors whose strike demanding higher stipend and better working conditions entered seventh day.
"We have terminated services of 630 resident doctors who
were in the first year. The decision on the remaining will be
taken later," Principal Secretary (Health) Ravi Saxena told
The government had recently invoked the Essential
Services Maintenance Act against the striking medicos.
On negotiations between the government and the doctors,
Saxena said no such talks were in progress.
Gujarat Association of Resident Doctors spokesperson Dr
Vivek Patel said increase in stipend is not their only demand,
as being portrayed by the state government to gain sympathy of
"Besides rise in stipend, we have demanded better
working conditions, latest equipment and hygienic conditions
in government hospitals. We have also demanded better living
condition and duty hours," Patel said.