TN doctors withdraw strike following govt’s warning

Doctors affiliated to the Federation of Government Doctors’ Association (FOGDA), who launched an indefinite strike on October 25 demanding that the government fulfil their demands, have withdrawn their strike today and returned to work.

They resumed duty after the state government had issued an ultimatum to the protesting doctors threatening to replace them if they did not report to duty.

According to FOGDA convener Dr C Sundaresan, “When the government is respecting us and considering on par with God, it is better not to continue strike. We are hoping to be addressed by the CM.”

Dr Rama from the Federation of Government Doctors Association said that the protest was being called off since the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had appealed to the doctors to report to duty and then attend the talks with the government.

Health Minister C Vijayabaskar on Tuesday urged the striking doctors to return to work immediately. If the strike continues, the government will replace them with new doctors, he added. Today, he announced withdrawing action against them following the withdrawal of strike.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said, “The Health Minister held talks with Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA), their association members didn’t participate in this strike, they believe that our government will fulfill their reasonable demands. The organization which is carrying out a protest is not a recognized one, they are carrying out the strike to defame the government.”

The CM added medical students spend Rs 67,500 for their five-year term in government colleges, while the government spends Rs 1.24 crore on each of them, adding that the students are pursuing their education with the help of a common man’s tax income.