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Patients suffer as docs’ strike on

Patients suffer as docs’ strike on
Patients across Uttar Pradesh continued to suffer on Monday as the strike by doctors entered its fourth day.

Junior doctors and other medical practitioners are on strike in many parts of the state following arrest of two dozen junior doctors in Kanpur after a scuffle with a Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator.
Following the arrest of junior doctors and cane charge, doctors have stalled work at the OPD, emergency and trauma centres.

Doctors at the King George’s Medical University, Lucknow; SN Medical college, Agra; Gorakhpur Medical College and hospitals at Pillibhit, Kannuaj, Etawah, Bulandshahr have also closed down.
With the talks between the striking doctors and health minister Ahmad Hasan late on Sunday failed, a delegation of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will meet President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi. They will inform the president of the police excesses against doctors and complaint against Kanpur SSP Yashaswi Yadav.

Kanpur IMA president Aarti Lalchandani, who has been leading the charge against SP legislator Irfan Solanki and Yadav, was on Monday booked by police on a complaint of inciting doctors for the strike.

Police also carried raids at her house. Lalchandani said the strike would not be called off until the 24 doctors are released without any conditions.

The Kanpur police, however, struck a discordant note on Monday and sent the arrested doctors to jail.

Striking doctors alleged that since both Yadav and Solanki were close to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, the state officials were not paying heed to them and siding with the duo.

Meanwhile, in Kanpur nearly 300 teachers of a medical college here on Monday submitted their resignation to Uttar Pradesh government.

‘Some 300 doctors faculty have sent their resignation to director, Medical Education KK Gupta and all teachers along with junior doctors are holding a peaceful agitation to protest against barbaric police action on 24 junior doctors and their subsequent arrest,’ said Aarti Lalchandani, IMA Kanpur president and Head of Medicine Department of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College.

‘All the doctors have resigned wilfully in protest against the police lathicharge on the junior doctors of the college and their arrest,’ Lalchandani said.

Kanpur police SP (West) Gaurav Singh said all 24 junior doctors, allegedly involved in stone pelting, were arrested yesterday. He said police has been deployed around the medical college to avoid any untoward incident.

‘We demand that guilty police officials be suspended immediately and the arrested doctors be released,’ Lalchandani said.
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