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Season of discontent back at Rims

Ranchi, Sept. 28: The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) is in for another spell of agitation by teachers and doctors.

After the decision of junior doctors to proceed on an indefinite strike from October 4, comes todays resolution by teachers of the institute to renew their protest against the Rims authorities.

At a meeting of the Medical Teachers Association (MTA) held today, doctors decided to send a letter to the Medical Council of India (MCI) informing it of the double standards of the governing body on the absorption issue.

More than 125 teachers will sit on a dharna on October 1 against the governing bodys failure to absorb them even after two years of Rims coming into existence.

We have decided to sit on a dharna in the Rims premises on October 1 to register our protest. We wanted to meet chief minister Arjun Munda. But we could not do so as he was away in Dhanbad, said association vice-president Arun Kumar Sharma.

We want to relate how we were paraded before the MCI team as Rims teachers by the administration when they visited the hospital for inspection last year. But now they have asked us to appear for interviews. If we are employees of Rims, how does the question of appearing for fresh interviews arise

He said the association will request the MCI to send its team immediately to inspect the existing teacher strength.

We will not appear in front of them at the time of inspection since we have not been absorbed in Rims, Sharma added.

Teachers have already decided to boycott the interviews for the post of teachers proposed next month unless all existing teachers working since the days of the Rajendra Medical (RMCH) are fully absorbed in Rims.

The Junior Doctors Association has decided to go ahead with its proposed indefinite strike from October 4 morning.

Their demands include appointment of teachers in order to save the institute from derecognition and implementation of the residency scheme. The association has put up posters in the institution informing of the strike.

A doctor posted at Rims said the strike call by the junior doctors has the admitted patients worried. Most are planning to leave the hospital as early as possible while new patients are thinking twice before getting admitted.

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