Srinagar/Jammu, Oct 9: The Dental Doctors Association Friday joined the indefinite strike of junior doctors in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.
The Dental Doctors Association spokesperson, Dr. Babar, said they were joining the strike and would close the emergency services too from Sunday.
The work in the Government Medical College, Srinagar, its associated hospitals and all district and-sub district hospitals remained badly affected and only emergency services were functioning. However, the doctors have said the emergency services too would be closed from Sunday.
Around 700 junior doctors are on indefinite strike to press their demands for pay hike and legislation to ensure action against assaults on any health official on duty. The doctors protested today in GMC premises here raising slogans against the administration.
The president, Doctors Association Kashmir, Dr. Khalid Parvez, told Greater Kashmir that they would remain on strike till the government accepted their demands.
In Jammu, the health services remained paralyzed as the indefinite strike by doctors entered the fifth day. Work was badly affected in GMC and its associated hospitals. The emergency services, however, were run by senior doctors.
The strike has also affected healthcare in Samba, Rajouri, Ramban, Poonch, Udhampur, Kathua, Billawar, Basholi, Bhaderwah, Doda, Kishtwar and Batote.
Patients continued to be at the receiving end, many of whom held demonstrations at the GMC premises urging the government to resolve the issue.