HYDERABAD: Giving relief to junior doctors, who had gone on a two-month strike last year, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao asked the officials on Sunday to look into their request for being a chance to take the post-graduate entrance examination. Rao directed health minister C Laxma Reddy and health department officials to favourably consider the junior doctors’ request.
Junior doctors, including house-surgeons, boycotted medical services for more than 60 days in Telangana in 2014 protesting against the mandatory one-year rural service.
Accompanied by health minister Laxma Reddy, director of medical education P Srinivas, representatives of Telangana Junior Doctors Association (JUDA) G Srinivas, Sandeep and Abilash met the chief minister.
They requested that the date for completion of house surgeon course be extended to May 31. As of now, they are supposed to complete it by March 31, said members of the JUDA.
Though the government was keen to solve issues of JUDAs, Rao expressed his displeasure that JUDAs still continued their strike. He pointed out that they were facing problems as they did not pay heed to what the High Court said and took steps without thinking about consequences. Thanking the chief minister, Srinivas said about 600 house surgeons from Osmania, Gandhi and Kakatiya Medical Colleges became eligible for the PG entrance examination because of the decision.