Chennai: Around 17,000 doctors from the Federation of Government Doctors’ Association on Saturday continued with their indefinite strike on the second consecutive day demanding pay parity with their Central government counterparts, stated news agency IANS. Also Read - Doctor's Strike: How Protests in West Bengal Caused Medical Mayhem Across Country
Among a host of demands, the doctors have asked for a time-bound promotion and the non-reduction in the number of doctors in hospitals. The indefinite strike may come to a conclusion only if the demands of the doctors are fulfilled. Thus the striking doctors announced that no patient will be examined unless it is a case of a life-saving, medical or surgical emergency. Also Read - Jr. Doctor's strike in AP enters ninth day
Notably, five doctors led the protest at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai’s Park Town area of Tamil Nadu, as per a report. Meanwhile, news agency ANI on Saturday tweeted pictures of the strike and said, “Chennai: Indefinite strike of Federation of Government Doctors’ Association enters second day. They are demanding increase in salary & appointment of more doctors, among other demands. #TamilNadu.” Also Read - Musician and doctor Palash Sen talks about doctor's strike in Facebook post, says it's an issue of 'safety and dignity'
The strike has adversely affected thousands of patients who are admitted in the Tamil Nadu government hospitals. Taking stock of the needs of the patients, DMK President M K Stalin on Friday had urged for a discussion between the Tamil Nadu government and the striking doctors to arrive at a solution.