Hyderabad: The Junior doctors have called off their strike after fruitful talks with the State government.
The Principal Secretary of Health, Dr P V Ramesh, on Monday held discussions with the leaders of Junior Doctors Association in the Secretariat and accepted all the demands. It may be mentioned here that the Junior doctors of the Osmania, Gandhi, Kakatiya and Niloufer hospitals boycotted duties after an attack on their colleague in a hospital and demanded protection to them.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Dr Ramesh said that problems may arise in the health services in the government hospitals due to inadequate infrastructure. He also announced that the government has accepted all the demands of the agitating junior doctors. He said that the Special Protection Force (SPF) would be restored at the Niloufer hospital from Tuesday. He also said that a Special Committee would be set up to study and suggest reforms and security arrangements at the government hospitals. The Committee would comprise an officer from Medical and Health Department, Doctors’ Association representatives and a police official, he added. “Besides, a committee would be set up to study and recommend steps for improvement of health services at the teaching hospitals”, he said.
Dr Ramesh also condemned media reports that eight children died at Niloufer hospital due to the medicos’ strike and neglect by the doctors. He explained that generally, deaths of new born babies are detected in the Niloufer hospital as the parents bring them to the hospital in a critical condition. There was no negligence of doctors behind the new born deaths, he said, adding that the government was working out a plan to prevent deaths of new born children. With Rs 27 crores, new born care centers were set up in the government hospitals, he added. Besides, seven special intensive care centers exclusively for children were set up at the teaching hospitals at a cost of Rs 32 crores, he reminded.
Responding to a question on the death of a child due to non-availability of anti-rabies vaccine, the Principal Secretary made it clear that all the required medicines have been supplied to the government hospitals as per the direction of the Chief Minister. He reminded that Rs 200 crores have been allocated for medicines in the current year’s budget and the amount of first quarter was already released. (NSS)