Resident doctors of seven medical colleges across the state called off their strike on Thursday evening after talks with health minister Rajendra Rathore.
The doctors were on strike since May 30 seeking cancellation of the practice to send exam papers outside the state for checking. Around 4,000 resident doctors of seven medical colleges in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Udaipur, Kota and Jhalawar had stayed away from work that had hit medical services and caused inconvenience to patients.
Jaipur Association of Resident Doctors (JARD) vice president Dr Akash Mathur told reporters: “Today 20-point Programme (committee) vice-chairman Dr Digambar Singh mediated between the resident doctors and health minister Rajendra Rathore and cleared the communication gap. The talks were held in a healthy atmosphere after which we decided to call off the strike. All striking resident doctors of seven government medical colleges will join their duties from 8pm on Thursday.”
“There was a communication gap between the government and resident doctors, which has been clarified,” Dr Singh told HT.
Acting tough on the agitating doctors, the state government on May 31 had asked medical colleges to suspend or terminate or relieve the resident doctors. A total 3,724 striking doctors were removed from their services, while 1,371 new doctors were given appointment. On June 3, the government formed a seven-member committee to hold talks with the striking doctors, but it remained inconclusive.