Even as the strike by teachers in the state government-run medical colleges entered its 10th day on Saturday,there was no sign of the state government relenting on their demand for UGC scale parity with other disciplines.
As the deadlock continues,several teachers have opted for jobs elsewhere. Some at BJ Medical College are also planning to quit,sources said.
Meanwhile,around 2,000 junior doctors in the state went on token strike of four hours on Saturday in to express solidarity with the striking teachers.
The core committee of Gujarat State Resident Doctors Association will decide on joining the strike for a longer period,said Dr Hiren Patel,president of Junior Doctors Association at the BJMC.
During the demonstration on Saturday,medical teachers and junior doctors performed a comic skit to highlight what they called fallacies of the health officials.
On Sunday morning,they plan to gather and chant Ramdhun for better sense to prevail on authorities.
At Sola Civil Hospital campus,doctors took out a silent march and later met patients,distributed fruits to them and explained the reasons for going on a strike.
At the BJMC campus,agitating teachers said they were very hurt by remarks of Rajesh Kishor,principal secretary (health),that he wanted to know their demands. This he is asking after four rounds of talks on an issue pending for over three years, they said.
The striking teachers say they are still open to further talks even as the JDA vowed to join the strike for an indefinite period from Wednesday.
GMTS secretary Dr J C Parmar said there was nothing extraordinary about the demands. It is just the implementation of what has already been decided by the state government, he said.
Dr Bharat Shah,dean of BJ Medical College,said he sympathised with the striking teachers but being on the administrative side,he could not join them.
Dr M M Anchalia,director of Post-Graduate Medicine Institute,said she had not received any notice as yet from the junior doctors about any plans to go on a strike.