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Ranchi, June 4: The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) is set to run into rough weather again.

After the March-April strike by the junior doctors, the students have now threatened to “completely paralyse” work in the hospital if the state government goes ahead with the move to reconvert Rims to Rajendra Medical College and Hospital (RMCH). According to them, the move will be anti-people and anti-student.

Talking to reporters, the students said: “We strongly condemn any such move by the government to convert Rims to RMCH.”

The students announced that they would wear black badges from tomorrow as a mark of protest. “If the government brings an Ordinance to this effect, we will completely paralyse the hospital.”

“This is nothing but a ploy of the senior doctors who indulge in private practice. They are the ones who will be affected the most if Rims Act which prohibits private practice comes into force. That is why they want the 'good old' days of RMCH to return,” said a PG student.

The students held the doctors responsible for getting the interviews postponed.

“As many as 1,000 applications from all over the country have come. Our doctors will not be selected in the interviews as they will not compete with those applicants. Therefore they are pressurising the government to convert Rims to RMCH so that their position is not disturbed,” said another student.

As reported by The Telegraph earlier, the doctors have been demanding conversion of RIMS to RMCH. The Indian Medical Association has also supported the demand.

According to a senior IMA functionary, “The intentions behind idea of RIMS may be noble but in the last 22 months of its existence it has failed to move in terms of manpower and patient care. It is still being served by the same lot of doctors to whom RIMS administration is asking to prove their credibility and utility.”

“The conversion of RMCH to Rims was with assets and liabilities, properties and deficiencies. The existing doctors of the then RMCH come under the assets category and the need of the hour is to add to the strength rather than try to replace them with freshers,” he said.

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