Rajasthan doctors' strike Day 4: Army, BSF, Railways to help hospitals

Rajasthan doctors strike enters 4th day of strike today with more than 9000 doctors on strike, meanwhile Rajasthan government on friday decided to take help of doctors from the Army, BSF and Railways for running medical services as the state government serving doctors strike continued for the fourth day today. Decision for availing services of the army, BSF and the ESI doctors was taken at a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Besides, private clinics and hospitals have also been roped in for providing outdoor patient services and diagnostic tests, the state government would reimburse the cost/charges. Collectors have also been directed to engage retired and/or fresher doctors on daily wages as per the need and availability in their respective districts.
Mr Gehlot said no compromise would be made at the cost of the suffering patients and their families and the government would ensure smooth management of medical services. The state government has already promulgated Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act(RESMA) for declaring the strike illegal and arrested more than 210 doctors and ordered suspension of nine. The Rajasthan High Court yesterday directed the state government to ensure effective alternative arrangement for running properly hospital services. All the government doctors working in hospitals,dispensaries, primary health centres and resident doctors ofall the six medical colleges are on strike since December 21. Doctors are demanding redressal of their long-pending demands of pay hike and time-bound promotions.