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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Medicos boycott classes

Monday's lathicharge on a group of doctors who were on an agitation seems to be a bitter pill for the medicos across the State.

Showing solidarity and many other emotions, Medicos across the State today boycotted the classes and staged demonstrations.

The fall out of the agitation was that many patients at government hospitals suffered.

Over 1500 students of the three government-run medical colleges in the city- Madras Medical College, Stanley Medical College and Kilpauk

Medical College staged demonstration in front of Government General hospital raising slogans against the government.

Besides demanding action against the ‘erring’ policemen they also sought immediate apology from the Health Secretary and the Director of Medical Education.

‘We would not be going to classes today. We want action against the police officers involved in the episode. If not the protest would get intensified further ‘, a student representative of Stanley Medical College, said.

He also said that they were considering taking up the matter with the Tamilnadu government.

Similarly in other cities like Thanjavur, Salem and Madurai, medicos boycotted classes and staged demonstration in their premises.

Meanwhile, Dr G R Ravindranath, general secretary, Doctors’ Association for Social Equality (DASE), who had urged the students to protest against the lathicharge, said that government doctors in cities and towns other than Chennai had also joined in the protest by wearing black badges while on duty.

It may be recalled that about 200 students, who had come to the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) to attend counselling for PG admissions yesterday, protested against its decision to reserve 50 per cent of the seats to in-service candidates and squatted on the road disrupting traffic, following which police resorted to lathicharge to disperse them.

Many students, including women, sustained injuries. A group of students later allegedly damaged the glass panes and some furniture inside the DME, following which police filed a case.

Meanwhile, the government has given its nod for including private doctors in the counselling for PG admissions.

This was disclosed by the Public Prosecuter G Sankaran when he appeared before Justice Venkatraman in Madras High Court with regard to the case.

He stated that the decision was taken by the Committee of Medical Education and Examination in order to avoid law and order problems.

Venkatraman informed that the order has been notified by the Court and everyone should abide by the Court’s final decision.

Following this decision, the counselling process was streamlined and went off peacefully, police said.

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