Health services in two prominent government hospitals in Bihar remained paralysed as indefinite strike by junior doctors, demanding introduction of salary system, entered its third day on Saturday.
The junior doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and Darbhanga Medical College Hospital (DMCH) are on strike demanding introduction of salary system instead of stipends.
PMCH Junior Doctors' Association President Rajiv Babu said the organisation had turned down state Health Minister N K Yadav's appeal to withdraw the strike in the light of the state government's move to raise their stipend to Rs 25,000 per month.
"No hike in stipend will satisfy us. There is no question of withdrawing the strike unless the state government introduces the system of paying monthly salary to us instead of stipend," he said.
The strike has crippled health services at PMCH in Patna and the DMCH in Darbhanga, causing difficulties to the patients.