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PG students in Thiruvananthapuram on strike to protest three year compulsory rural service

Over 2000 post-graduate doctors, house surgeons and senior residents of five state government-run are going to boycott work from Monday to protest the three year compulsory bonded rural service for PG students. "Though we had given time to the state government to give an assurance on withdrawing the order, no one has contacted us till now,'' said Dr Nibin Nahaz, president of the joint action council.

The strike will severely cripple the five public hospitals affect the functioning of five government medical college hospitals, as 70% of the works in each hospital are manned the striking medicos. The medicos have refused to provide emergency service as well. The government has had enough, and intends to take severe action. According to a highly placed health official, notices have been issued to all college principals to act against those boycotting work. Action can include suspension as well. Health minister V S Sivakumar had met the medicos twice for settling the issue. Though he had sought two month's time to settle the issues raised by them, the joint action council declined it, claiming that they had already waited for two months. The medicos had given a week's time for the minister to find a solution, which ended on Sunday.

The medicos also want the government to fill all vacancies in the health service from the current PSC list, abolish the compulsory rural bonded scheme, and increase allocation of funds in health care system. They also want maternity benefits for post graduate and resident doctors.

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