It's even more misery for the sick as medical services across Andhra Pradesh continue to be handcuffed by the indefinite strike of junior doctors. The strike enters the third day as reports of at least 12 children dying due to negligence are heard.
Meanwhile the Chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has appealed to the junior doctors to call off their strike and resume duties on humanitarian grounds .
At a press conference, Reddy was quoted: "The government is willing to talk to their representatives to work out effective ways and means to prevent recurrence of such incidents. If they have any suggestions with regard to the security measures that need to be taken including setting up of a police outpost, the doors of the government are open .
Doctors have a special place and responsibility in society and should see to it that ordinary patients do not suffer on account of their anger. Most of the patients who come to Niloufer Hospital are poor and hence should be shown special consideration", he added.
The agitating medicos have been demanding immediate arrest of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Afsar Khan and his suspension from the Assembly for attacking doctors on duty on Sunday. They have staged protests at various cities and towns in the state, in protest to the assault on them at Niloufer government children's hospital , and are joined by the senior doctors of the hospital.
Regarding the fact that the doctors were seeking a non-bailable case against MIM legislator Afsar Khan, Reddy was reported that it was not the government's job to tell the police what they should do. "It is for the local investigating officers to decide", he had said.
The police have already arrested the MLA . Other cases have been booked against the party activists who allegedly attacked the duty doctors at Niloufer.
The Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy directed the hospital authorities to shift children to private hospitals to provide emergency treatment.
A few days back , Assembly speaker K R Suresh Reddy was reported that he would talk to the floor leader of MIM about this incident. He had urged public representatives to become role models for the people in their constituencies. If they harbored grievance against doctors or anyone, they had certain rights and privileges to register their protest and seek action. But no MLA should take law into their hands whatever the provocation might be, Suresh Reddy was reported.
Meanwhile Afsar Khan has denied all allegations and maintains that it was the doctors who provoked him.