Hyderabad: The agitating junior doctors in
Andhra Pradesh Friday threatened to boycott emergency services in government-run hospitals to press for a hike in their stipend, among other demands.
"The government has not taken any concrete steps to
address the issue. We have decided to boycott emergency
duties. The government is responsible for this," a
representative of the junior doctors association said.
The talks between doctors and a Group of Ministers constituted to look into the issue had failed to break the logjam.
According to the government, the junior doctors` demand
that compulsory rural service be shortened was not acceptable.
Meanwhile, Medical Education Minister K Murali Mohan,
who took charge of the portfolio yesterday, said the
government is prepared to deal with boycott of emergency
"We are making alternative arrangements. If you boycott,
poor people will suffer. People with good incomes have already
stopped coming to government hospitals. The strike would only
affect poor people. We are ready to consider the hike in
stipend and other issues," he said.