Andhra junior doctors to boycott emergency service
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Last Updated: Friday, February 10, 2012, 20:36
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 services.

"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.


First Published: Friday, February 10, 2012, 20:36

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