Chennai: The indefinite strike by the doctors affiliated to the Federation of Government Doctors Association (FOGDA) entered its fifth day on Tuesday. The doctors have been demanding an increase in salaries among other demands for more than two years, as stated by S Balakrishnan, convener of FOGDA.
“The government should immediately address our issue or we would be forced to discontinue the emergency services as well and the government would be responsible for that,” he said. Dr. Lakshmi Narsiman, Professor of Surgery, FOGDA stated that the entire matter doesn’t seem to be in the realm of the health department, hence the issue should be taken to a higher level. The main demands square measure that it is a world-known undeniable fact that the provincial health system is one in every of the best-run health systems in the entire country.
Narsiman stated that as many as 17,000 doctors are participating in the indefinite strike. Earlier, protesting doctors, including 5 doctors World Health Organization is on a quick to death, started an indefinite strike on Friday to demand a raise in salaries, quota in medical education and appointment of more doctors among other demands.