Govt doctors' strike enters second day

Jaipur: The indefinite strike of government doctors, demanding a hike in salary, entered the second day today and paralysed medical services in parts of Rajasthan.

Apart from in-service government doctors, around 3,200 resident doctors have also gone on strike in support of the demands.

Residents of six government hospitals joined the strike last night despite the state government invoking the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) and declaring the services of medical and health departments as most essential services.

Following the government's action, 34 government doctors have been arrested since yesterday.

Resident doctors' representative Dr Ashok said several resident doctors had also courted arrest in different parts of the state.

Dr L C Sharma, superintendent of SMS government hospital Jaipur, claimed that emergency services of the hospital have not been affected as additional arrangements are in place.

The government has hired the services of some private and retired doctors to minimise the impact of the strike, he said.

However, patients in several district hospitals, primary health centers and dispensaries are suffering due to non-availability of doctors.