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Medical Strike in India Ends


Striking government doctors in India have ended the work-stoppage and are returning to work for the first time in almost three weeks.

Junior doctors and medical students were protesting a government plan to more than double the number of seats reserved for lower castes at state-funded colleges.

The move comes hours after India's Supreme Court ordered thousands of doctors across the country to return to work within three days, adding a deadline to an order issued Tuesday. The court said if strikers return to work within that time, officials should not take punitive action against them. It also ordered the government to re-hire doctors whose jobs had already been terminated for striking.

The strike crippled services at many of the state-run hospitals across India, endangering the lives of patients. Strikers had ignored previous court orders to return to work.

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