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Striking doctors' demands are genuine, must be implemented: Kejriwal


Updated:June 22, 2015, 3:30 PM IST
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Striking doctors' demands are genuine, must be implemented: Kejriwal

With several doctors in the national capital going on an indefinite mass leave, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to social networking website Twitter to reach out to the health professionals.

Referring to the strike of the doctors, the Delhi Chief Minister conceded that most of the demands were “genuine”, adding that he had asked the Health Department to implement them.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener further said that the Delhi government was committed to providing “best health facilities”, seeking cooperation of the doctors.

Earlier on Monday, more than 2,000 doctors from 20 hospitals in the national capital, including Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Maulana Azad Medical College and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital went on an indefinite strike.

The doctors went on strike strike over several issues, including adequate life saving and generic drugs. Among the other demands of the striking doctors are security at workplace, drinking water supply and timely payment of their salaries.

According to the doctors, the government has failed to take steps to fulfil their demands. Reports said that the doctors had earlier written to the Union Health Ministry to look into their demands.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said strike was not a solution to any issue, adding that he had called the doctors for talks on Sunday, but they failed to make it. The minister further said that he had still invited the striking doctors for talks.

The resident doctors had earlier gone on a strike over similar demands in February as well.

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