Health services in the state were hit for the third consecutive day on Wednesday as the doctors,demanding revision in their pay packages,continued their indefinite strike.
Work was badly affected in Government Medical College and several hospitals in Jammu district due to the strike,officials said,adding the emergency services were,however,being run by senior doctors in the district.
The strike has affected the health care services in Primary Health Centres hospitals at Samba,Rajouri,Ramban,Poonch,Udhampur,Kathua,Billawar,Basholi,Bhaderwah,Doda,Kishtwar and Batote of Jammu region.
The strike has been called by Doctors Joint Action Committee (DJAC) in protest against the government for not fulfilling their demands.
The strike would continue till the government does not accept our demands,a spokesman of DJAC said.
“During the agitation the routine work in hospitals remains close in entire Jammu division as about 4,000 junior doctors are taking part in the indefinite strike,” Spokesman of DJAC Satyainder Singh told reporters here.
Minister for Medical Education R S Chib assured the doctors that due consideration will be given to their demands and asked them to shun the course of confrontation and resume their duties so that people may not face any inconvenience.
The demands of DJAC included one grade pay higher than 10+2 lecturers,BUMS and BAMS as recommended by S L Bhat committee and payment of arrears from January 2006,and time bound promotions for its members.