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PGI strike gains support, no sack notices yet

NO TERMINATION notices were served on resident doctors of the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) on Thursday. Instead, support for the agitation grew. Many faculty members and staff of the SGPGIMS joined the resident doctors' demonstration at Shaheed Smarak. The administration said notices would be served on Friday.Meanwhile, most of the faculty members who were out on leave returned to work. On the very second day of the strike, the SGPGIMS administration had recalled all the faculty members who were on leave.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 01:33 IST

NO TERMINATION notices were served on resident doctors of the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) on Thursday. Instead, support for the agitation grew. Many faculty members and staff of the SGPGIMS joined the resident doctors' demonstration at Shaheed Smarak.

The administration said notices would be served on Friday.Meanwhile, most of the faculty members who were out on leave returned to work. On the very second day of the strike, the SGPGIMS administration had recalled all the faculty members who were on leave.

The authorities took the step anticipating a prolonged agitation. The administration claimed the OPD services had now returned to near normal. It stated that senior doctors attended over a 100 patients at the OPD. Besides, a few patients were admitted.

Meanwhile, along with some faculty members and staff, a large group of lawyers, students and the public, too, demonstrated at the Shaheed Smarak.

On why termination letters were not served on resident doctors, the administration stated that a committee was trying to negotiate with them and was hopeful of a solution.

However, the RDA general secretary said: “Strike continues”.

The strike has completed six days. The State Government, on Sunday, had declared the strike by resident doctors illegal and had warned termination of services if they do not return to duties within 24-hours. It had declared the strike, by the resident doctors of SGPGIMS, illegal under ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) and appealed to the striking doctors to return to their duties within 24 hours or else their services will be terminated