Postgraduate medical students or junior residents of Kerala government medical colleges, who have been on indefinite strike to boycott all hospital services, including emergency services (except COVID-19 duty) since five days, have decided to ease their agitation and to re-join the help from Thursday.
Although detailed discussions took place on December 15 between the striking medics and a team of health ministry officials led by health minister Veena George, talks remained inconclusive, following which medics decided to continue their agitation as such.
The Kerala Medical Graduates Association said that although the discussions were very productive and they could voice all their grievances, no decision could be taken on issues such as the appointment of more resident doctors or the increase in allowances, which implied the approval of the finance department.
Thursday morning, however, KMPGA in a statement here said they had decided to join emergency services. They will continue to strike and stay away from all other patient care activities.
They said the talks had always been on a positive note, with the government promising to set up a committee to review the long working hours of junior residents and ensure that the residents’ handbook is strictly followed.
Discussions are expected to continue on Thursday, December 16 with the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) on all matters, including the calculation of the allowance hike.