Andhra Pradesh junior doctors call off strike

Hyderabad, Dec 20: Junior doctors in Andhra Pradesh have called off their strike after the State Government by imposed Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).

The doctors went on strike after some of them were attacked by relatives of a patient and activists of the Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) which is led by MLA Afsar Khan, on December 2.

Senior doctors had resumed work after the government brought out an ordinance that addressed their demand for security in hospitals. Their junior colleagues, however, continued the protest.

Earlier, a Division Bench of the High Court comprising acting Chief Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan recorded an undertaking given by the junior doctors that they were calling off their 12-day-old strike and posted the case for adjudication to a later date.

The boycott of emergency services by junior doctors at Niloufer and Osmania General Hospitals and elective duties at other Government hospitals had paralysed medical services in Hyderabad and Secunderabad. (ANI)