Hyderabad: Doctors continue strike even as health minister calls for another round of talks

  • | Thursday | 11th June, 2020

The strike called by junior doctors at Hyderabad’s Gandhi General Hospital entered day 3 even as state Health Minister Eatala Rajender invited them to another round of talks on Thursday evening. Nearly 450 doctors sat on strike on Tuesday evening following an alleged attack on junior doctors by attendants of a deceased Covid patient at Gandhi hospital, which is the nodal hospital for Covid-19 treatment in Telangana. The Telangana Junior Doctors Association (T-JUDA) also submitted a memorandum to the state health minister and chief minister, demanding increased security, decentralisation of Covid treatment, and immediate recruitment of additional staff.

Hyderabad: The strike called by junior doctors at Hyderabad’s Gandhi General Hospital entered day 3 even as state Health Minister Eatala Rajender invited them to another round of talks on Thursday evening. Nearly 450 doctors sat on strike on Tuesday evening following an alleged attack on junior doctors by attendants of a deceased Covid patient at Gandhi hospital, which is the nodal hospital for Covid-19 treatment in Telangana. The Telangana Junior Doctors Association (T-JUDA) also submitted a memorandum to the state health minister and chief minister, demanding increased security, decentralisation of Covid treatment, and immediate recruitment of additional staff. The state health minister had called the protesting doctors for a meeting on Wednesday.

Holding placards and shouting slogans, the junior doctors squatted outside the hospital building Thursday morning. In a written memorandum, T-JUDA informed the hospital superintendent Dr Raja Rao that their demands have not been met by the health minister. “We are not going to resume our duties until our demands (decentralization of Covid cases) are fulfilled in a time-bound manner by the chief minister/ health minister,” the memorandum said

The junior doctors, who have been on Covid duty since the beginning of March, demanded that Covid treatment be distributed among other state-run hospitals instead of mounting pressure on Gandhi hospital. Citing exhaustion, they blamed the state government for showing no interest in fresh recruitment which, they said, is the need of the hour. They raised the immediate need for specialist doctors, broad specialty doctors, nursing staff, paramedic staff (ICU technicians and lab technicians), ward boys, and patients care providers (permanently through HMSRB) to avoid crumbling of available medical infrastructure.



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