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A news report in the Hindu says that doctors and other staff of the state Health Department have called off their five day old strike. H.N. Ravindra, President of the Karnataka State Medical Officers and Employees Samithi, told The Hindu that the strike had been called off for the time being keeping the patients plight in mind.
We give wait for a week for the Govt to meet our main demand of delinking the 10 district hospitals from the medical colleges. The Cabinet sub-committee set up to examine this demand is meeting tomorrow and we hope our demand will be considered, Dr Ravindra said.
This is a recent development. Earlier when the striking doctors and government representatives had met the talks had led to arguments without any headway. The representatives from the doctors' and health departments employees were invited for talks with Health Minister Arvind Limbavali but walked out of the meeting shouting slogans in a while. The Govt's decision to shift 10 district hospitals to the Department of medical education and handing over their control to the zilla panchayats hasn't gone well with the doctors and this was the main reason that the doctors went on strike.
The indefinite strike called by 50,000 medical staff attached to the district taluk, general hospitals, and primary health centres and urban health centres under the Karnataka health department for five days had brought the state s healthcare system to a screeching halt. This had left many patients in the lurch and a recent media report suggested that at least one life had been lost due to lack of healthcare facilities. A labourer who came in contact with a live electric wire and suffered burns passed away after there was no one to attend to him at the local government hospital. He was rushed to a private hospital but was declared brought dead.
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