Gujarat government sacks over 600 striking medicos

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 agency.

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 the people.

"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.

Bureau Report