Homoeopaths call off strike

Homoeopathy doctors called off their eight-day strike after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said he would look into their demands and discuss it with the state’s medical education department.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 23, 2013 1:29 am

Homoeopathy doctors called off their eight-day strike after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said he would look into their demands and discuss it with the state’s medical education department.

About 2,000 doctors,demanding permission to prescribe allopathic medicines and permanent employment in government hospitals,continued their strike at Azad Maidan Monday. A delegation met the CM at 5 pm.

Around 100 doctors began a hunger strike on July 15 and several were hospitalised.

Dr Arun Shukla,an independent practitioner,claimed the CM accepted their demands as they were justified. “He said he will try to implement them at the earliest,” he said.

With 60,000 homeopathic doctors in the state,Maharashtra State Homeopathy Doctors Kruti Samiti has been trying to get permanent appointments for these doctors in Public Health Centres (PHC),PHC sub-centres and rural hospitals (RH).

Dr Jitendra Karnik,another practitioner,said,“If our demands are fulfilled,it will be a huge relief as its is a problem prescribing medicines legally to a patient,” he said.

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