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Government doctors call off strike

Hours after launching an indefinite cease-work demanding improved promotion prospects, government doctors in Orissa today called off their agitation following an appeal by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and subsequent talks with the authorities.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2010 18:46 IST

Hours after launching an indefinite cease-work demanding improved promotion prospects, government doctors in Orissa today called off their agitation following an appeal by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and subsequent talks with the authorities.

The decision to end the cease-work unconditionally was announced by president of Orissa Medical Services Association (OMSA) Madhusudan Mishra after a brief discussion between association leaders at the office of Health Minister Prasanna Acharya.

"With due respect to the appeal made by the Chief Minister and confidence in the health minister, we are ending the cease-work," Mishra said after the talks.

"All our colleagues and friends in the medical fraternity across Orissa are requested to resume work and maintain proper health services," the OMSA president said.

The agitation was called off shortly after the chief minister appealed to the medicos to go back to work saying their demand for Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) was being looked into by a cabinet sub-committee.

The doctors should end their stir keeping in mind the needs of the patients, Patnaik said.

Acharya said most of the demands of doctors had already been fulfilled, while the issue of DACP was under active consideration of the committee.