Telangana: Doctors protest after alleged video of Harish Rao supporting RMPs goes viral

The protest was led by the Telangana Junior Doctor Association (TJUDA) at the RIMS Adilabad, Gandhi Warangal, Nizamabad, and Osmania General Hospital.

Hyderabad: Telangana Junior Doctors Associations (TJUDA) protested by wearing black batches and raising slogans against Telangana health minister T Harish Rao’s alleged remarks supporting registered medical practitioners (RMP) in various sections of the city.

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The protest was led by the Telangana Junior Doctor Association (TJUDA) at the RIMS Adilabad, Gandhi Warangal, Nizamabad, and Osmania General Hospital.

The protest occurred after a video allegedly of health minister Rao speaking on a phone to a group of RMPs and paramedics last week surfaced. The minister is heard in the film indicating that RMPs can write prescriptions for medications.

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According to the one of protestors who spoke to Siasat.com said “It was decided to wear black badges as a sign of disagreement in all medical institutions, private and public clinics, and hospitals after a meeting with the representatives of the IMA, Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA), Senior Resident Doctors Association, Telangana Doctors Federation, and Telangana Employees Association-Doctors Forum.”

According to the President of Osmania Junior Doctors’ Association, Srikanth Sativada, ” We all are very disappointed after we got to know that Harish Rao supporting unlicensed medical practitioners. We will not accept the decision made by the government.”

The Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association posted a video, reportedly of Rao, speaking to the RMPs and Paramedical Medical Practitioners (PMPs) at a meeting that was held following the Director of Public Health’s inspection campaign last week, on its Twitter account on Saturday.

The minister can be heard speaking on the video clip while MLA Guvvala Balaraj is holding the phone.

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