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Govt declares junior docs? strike illegal

THE STATE Government on Thursday declared the ongoing strike of junior doctors illegal. It said action under Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) would be taken against the striking doctors who failed to report on duty by 10 am on Friday.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 01:28 IST

Ordinance banning stir issued

THE STATE Government on Thursday declared the ongoing strike of junior doctors illegal. It said action under Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) would be taken against the striking doctors who failed to report on duty by 10 am on Friday.

Talking to the media persons, chief secretary R Ramni said the government would not tolerate harassment of the patients visiting the medical colleges and hospitals for treatment and admission. Terming the strike as an irresponsible act of the doctors, Ramni said the government would not allow the doctors to play with the life of the patients.

Ramni said action under the National Security Act (NSA) would be taken against those who were found indulging in provocation, leading the strike and assisting the striking doctors through other means.

He said on the request of the principals of all the medical colleges, the district administration had been directed to depute adequate police force on the campuses of all the medical colleges.

No outsider would be permitted to stay in the hostel of the doctors. The principals had been directed to conduct surprise checks and free the hostel of illegal occupants, he added.

The junior doctors in all the seven medical colleges and KGMU are on strike since Monday after the attack on the doctors travelling in Nauchandi Express allegedly by police recruits on Sunday night at Moradabad Railway station.

Around half a dozen patients have died in various hospitals during the last four days. It was the Plight of the patients that finally moved the government on Thursday. When asked what action will be taken against the striking doctors if they fail to report on duty by 10 am on Friday, principal secretary, Home, Alok Sinha said, “They would be dismissed and even jailed under the Essential Services Act.” Secretary, Medical Education, PrashantPrashant Trivedi said the government had prepared a contingency plan to maintain services in the hospital in case the strike of the junior doctors continued.

Meanwhile, the State Government also banned strike in all the six state medical colleges, King George's .

Medical University and King George's Dental University through an ordinance.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 01:28 IST