Jaipur: The doctors’ strike in Rajasthan entered into 11th day on Saturday, with patients’ toll rising due to non-availability of medical services.
So far, 82 patients have died across the state.
Also, as part of the crackdown the state police have arrested upto 523 doctors so far.
Nearly 9,000 doctors in the government hospitals of Rajasthan, who began the strike on December 21, have been demanding higher wages at par with those employed by the Central government.
At present the deadlock continues to persist between the doctors on strike and the state government.
However, on Wednesday, resident doctors had resumed their duty after the state government convened a dialogue with them. The development brought partial relief to patients.
State Health Minister Durru Mian had earlier this week urged the striking doctors to call off their strike in the wake of patients suffering.
Also, the Rajasthan government had earlier sought the assistance of doctors from the Army, paramilitary outfits like the Border Security Force and Railways to treat the mounting number of patients in the hospitals.
First Published: Saturday, December 31, 2011, 11:41