STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Dehradun, 12 November
The ongoing state-wide strike of Pharmacists, a cause of harassment for the general public and patients alike, has been suspended for a fortnight now, followed by the health minister’s assurance today.
The pharmacists today met state health minister, Mr Surendra Singh Negi
and decided to call off the strike for the next fifteen days.
“The government is considerate, but the pharmacists’ demands would be
considered only if they are genuine,” Mr Bahuguna said, making clear that if the strike would not be called off, he would be forced to take stern action.
The Diploma Pharmacist Association had gone on strike raising certain demands. When they were not met, they had completely quit work, bringing to docks the OPD, the indoor and emergency services. Since distribution of medicines has stopped completely by the pharmacists across the state for the past two days, patients are in a fix, especially the needy.
Today’s announcement has come as a respite to both the state health
department and patients. Sources say the government may now come up with some resolve in the next fifteen days and solve the matter.