Patients relieved as doctors call off strike in Chhattisgarh

March 24th, 2008 - 10:10 pm ICT by admin  

Raipur, March 24 (IANS) Hundreds of patients heaved a sigh of relief Monday as about 200 striking doctors at Chhattisgarh’s biggest government hospital here called off their strike giving a week’s time to the government to accept their monetary demands. Doctors at the Bhimrao Ambedkar Government Hospital and College had gone on indefinite strike March 18 asking the government to increase their salary by at least three times to match the salary of new recruits for a new medical college coming up at Jagdalpur.

The Medical Teachers Association held a meeting late Monday in the backdrop of the government’s fresh request that it wanted some time to study the doctors’ demand,” the association said in a statement.

“Now we have called off the strike and asked government to settle our (demands including) salary hike, residential facilities and regular employment to those appointed on contract by March 31,” the statement said. “Otherwise doctors will go for voluntary retirement.”

The Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital treats about 850 patients daily, mostly from poor families. It shot to fame last year when doctors successfully detached conjoined male twins attached at the stomach and sharing a liver.

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