Agitating government doctors in Rajasthan called off their 11-day strike and resumed their duty on Sunday, bringing respite to the patients and their relatives.
The deadlock was resolved at a late-night meeting on Saturday after the Rajasthan government agreed to revoke Rajasthan Essential Services Management Act (RESMA) and promised to release the arrested doctors.
The doctors felt that the situation would be normal in a day.
"There is an emergency case here so almost all doctors have turned up.
Everyone will come on duty today. The situation will turn normal from today itself, there is absolutely no problem. Doctors are feeling more independent and free with the government's decision to remove RESMA," said Trivendra Kumar Meena, one of the doctors.
At least 54 ailing patients died over the past week following the mass strike and non-availability of the medical help.
The patients and their relative expressed their happiness at the news of doctors calling off their strike Of course, it is very good news on the eve of New Year's Day. Everybody is thankful to doctors and the government, "said B. Singhal, a patient's relative.
Nearly 9,000 doctors from government hospitals of Rajasthan began the strike on December 21, demanding higher wages and perks at par with their counterparts employed by the central government.
The state government has promised to review the demands of the doctors, and has set up a three-member committee to look into the matter.