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Kerala Govt suspends 24 doctors

Kerala Govt suspends 24 doctors who refuse to attend duty at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple during the pilgrimage season.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2007 23:41 IST

Toughening its stand against government doctors, who have been on a work-to-rule stir for the past two months, the Kerala government on Friday suspended 24 doctors who refused to attend duty at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple during the pilgrimage season, which begins on Saturday.

An official press release said that 30 doctors had reported for duty at the Pathanamthitta District Medical Office.

It said that rural health centres of medical colleges would function in Sanidhanam, Pamba, Erumelli, Appachimedu and Pathanamthitta general hospitals during the pilgrimage season.

The doctors are on a work-to-rule agiation, demanding among other things revision of their basic pay scale at the entry level itself.