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24 doctors join duty in Gujarat

india Updated: Jul 30, 2009 18:58 IST

Around 24 doctors in Gujarat on Thursday withdrew from strike and joined back work, a top government official said.

"24 resident doctors from super specialty category have withdrawn from the strike and joined the work at BJ Medical College and NHL Medical College," Principal Secretary (Health) Ravi Saxena told PTI.

"The strike by the medicos is breaking and other doctors are also likely to follow the suit," he said.

However, the representatives of Gujarat Association of Resident Doctors (GARD) disputed the government's claim on the
strike and said only 15 doctors have joined.

"The government authorities are spreading lies in order to weaken the strike by the resident doctors. We continue the strike on the issue of hike in stipend," a GARD representative said.

The resident doctors have been on strike demanding hike in the stipend at par with other states.

However, the state government has invoked ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) on the striking medicos and many medicos have also been terminated from their respective universities.