Court orders Uttar Pradesh doctors to end strike

December 19th, 2008 - 12:50 am ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghLucknow, Dec 18 (IANS) The Allahabad High Court Thursday ordered striking junior doctors of six state-run medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh to resume their duties by Friday, failing which they would have to face punitive action.About 1,500 doctors of the state medical colleges in Kanpur, Allahabad, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Agra and Jhansi are on strike from Dec 15 to demand implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

The strike has brought most medical services to a standstill, causing misery to patients.

An Allahabad resident, Satish Chaturvedi, moved a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highlighting the plight of patients due to the strike.

Taking serious cognisance of the situation, a division bench comprising Justices S. Ambwani and Dilip Gupta Tuesday advised the striking doctors to resume their work.

However, realising that the mild approach failed to have any impact on the junior doctors, the bench Thursday took a firm stand of not only issuing a 24-hour ultimatum to the doctors but also directing the state administration to initiate punitive action against them.

Unconfirmed reports said that the doctors were calling of their agitation with immediate effect but none of the junior doctors association officer-bearers was available for a comment .

State Medical Education Secretary Harbhajan Singh told IANS late Thursday that “we are ready to take disciplinary action against them in case they fail to abide by the court order and return to work by tomorrow”.

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