Soon after provisions of the Gujarat Essential Services Maintenance Act (GESMA) were invoked on Sunday,22 protesting junior resident doctors were given termination letters and 183 others were served showcause notices.
After the Surat Government Medical College dean gave them an ultimatum of 24 hours to resume work,junior doctors left for Ahmedabad in two buses on Monday to decide the future course of action with the core committee members of the State Junior Resident Doctors Association.
Dean Dr Shailendra Bajpayee said: We are trying to sort out the problem. We had appealed to the doctors to call off their strike,as the state government had formed a committee to look into the stipend issue.
He further said that if the protesting doctors failed to call off the strike after 24 hours,they will have to vacate their hostel rooms. We are in touch with the state Health Minister and will work on his orders, he added.
Incidentally,the state health ministry had sought details of how many times the junior resident doctors had gone on strike in the last five years and on which issues.