The discussions between Andhra Pradesh government and junior resident doctors held today have been successful. The junior doctors announced that the strike would be called off. State Health Minister Alla Nani and Chief Secretary of the Health Ministry held talks with junior doctors and the doctors called off the strike after the government promised to settle the demands.
The Andhra Pradesh government has agreed to provide Rs 25 ex-gratia to the families of all doctors who died on COVID-19 duty, as well as bear the cost of treatment for doctors who contracted the coronavirus at any private hospital in the state. Additionally, the Andhra government has assured to consult with the Union government to waive off the 10% tax deduction at source (TDS) on stipends for all junior doctors.
The state has also assured that doctors will be provided medical insurance cover under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), as well as increased security at hospitals to protect the doctors from assaults by patients.
Leaders of the Junior Medical Association spoke to the media after the talks. They said the the government has given the assurance that they would be provided financial security and increase the stipend by 15 per cent.
The junior doctors association said that the minister would take the matter to the notice of CM Jagan and announce the decision soon. Earlier, the doctors have started strike today morning boycotting the non covid duties. However, with the government assurance, the doctors would join their duties from tomorrow.
They thanked the Government for bearing the treatment costs of Dr Bhaskar Rao in Hyderabad and also the hike in Stipend for the Senior Doctors. They expressed happiness that the Health Minister responded positively when they explained their demands.