CHENNAI: House surgeons and postgraduate medical students of state-run medical colleges called off their indefinite strike, which commenced on Monday for hike in monthly stipend, following talks with government.
A 15-member team of the striking students held discussions with Health Minister and the Health Secretary later in the day and were assured that an announcement would be made on the hike in the Assembly during the current session. Officials from the Health Department took part in the talks with the student representatives.
“They assured us that the announcement would be made by the Chief Minister on August 11 in the assembly. We were told that we would be given a stipend equal to that of what students in Kerala get. If we are not satisfied with those announcements, we will go on strike on August 12,” said Suresh of Intern and Post graduate Association of Tamil Nadu.
Earlier this morning, functioning of government hospitals across the state was severely affected as 3,500 house surgeons and PG medical students went ahead with the strike demaning hike in stipend. In Chennai, around 500 house surgeons and PG medicos from Madras Medical College, Kilpauk Medical College and Stanley Medical College gathered and protested at the MMC .