India 10,000 Doctors Strike
December 25, 2011 by staff
Zenana like Rajasthan’s other public hospitals was in crisis Saturday as 10,000 doctors remained on strike for a fourth day.
The doctors, who work at government-run hospitals that cater to the poor, are demanding higher salaries and better promotion opportunities that are on par with their counterparts in federal medical services.
But so far, the state government has not budged.
Instead, it made interim arrangements by bringing in 373 military doctors Saturday, said Dr. Lokendra Sharma of SMS Medical College in Jaipur. Another 1,000 doctors will be brought in Monday, he said.
The government has also tapped doctors from railway services, brought others out of retirement and has asked some private hospitals to provide care at government rates.
Attempts to reach state health officials were not immediately successful Saturday.
As of Saturday evening, police had arrested 394 striking doctors, most of them for violating the Essential Services Management Act, said Navdeep Singh, Rajasthan’s director general for law and order. The act was created to ensure the delivery of critical services.
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