Chennai: A day after the Madras high court has suggested the state government take action in accordance with law against the doctors, who are protesting, the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association has informed the court that it has cancelled its proposed one-day strike on May 8.
Dr P. Balakrishnan, the state secretary of TNGCA, stated this in his affidavit filed before a division bench comprising Justices N. Kirubakaran and V. Parthiban when a PIL from advocate A.K. Velan came up for hearing on Saturday.
Balakrishnan submitted that based on the demands of TNGDA, two decades ago, the government in order to promote medical graduates and post-graduates to take up government service, especially in rural areas, had allotted 50 per cent of PG seats within the state quota to the service doctors.
Based on the suggestions of the association, incentive marks were given to the doctors working in remote and rural areas for the last 15 years by the government. A petition came to be filed by a doctor for admission to PG medical course, based on Neet marks in the manner as prescribed in the regulation. The petition came to be ordered on April 17. Against which, an appeal has been filed by the state government and TNGDA, awaiting the final verdict from the court.
The government doctors were indulging in agitation only after duty hours, taking care not to affect patients care. In spite of several rounds of talks, as there was no positive response, TNGDA called for agitation involving fractions of its members, he added.
Taking the affidavit on record, the bench said, "This court hopes that the treatment to the patients will be taken care of by the doctors without any problem in future. As far as the doctors, who are not reporting to the duty, it is for the state to take action against them in accordance with law".