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Doctors defer strike after patients suffer in govt hospitals

Posted on Feb 13, 11:10AM | UNI

Bangalore, Feb 12 : Bringing great relief to poor patients, the government doctors today decided to 'defer' their ongoing strike by a week saying that they too were disturbed over the plight of the patients visiting government hospitals.

Over 65,000 government doctors and paramedical staff had struck work for nearly a week in support of their various demands and the meeting with the Health minister had failed yesterday.

However, the decision of the Karnataka Government Medical Officers' Association (KGMOA) comes in the wake of a PIL filed against Doctor's agitation in the High Court and the bench taking cognisance of it.

Usual activity returned at the K C General and Sanjay Gandhi hospitals in the city where thousands of poor families suffered for want of quick treatment.

The association president Dr H N Ravindra announced postponement of the strike saying that they were doing it in the interest of the people though the government neither understood the doctor's problems not was ready to heed to their demands.

'We are withdrawing our strike for a period of one week. We are also hopeful that the meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee will bring some positive results for us. Hope Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas will understand our point,' he said.

The doctors and the paramedical staff are demanding that district hospitals taken over by the medical education department, be brought under the Health and Family Welfare Department, certain anomalies in Transfer Act pertaining to the Health and Family Welfare department are set right and government ensure that salaries of paramedcial staff is not delayed.