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Brakes on emergency services - RIMS doctors continue strike, patients suffer

On vigil outside RIMS
Ranchi, Dec. 28,2008: Medical services remained affected at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after junior doctors went on an indefinite strike following a clash with Bariatu bustee residents on Saturday.

Emergency and OPD services at RIMS were not provided. The institute, where more than 1,200 patients avail of medical services daily, today wore a deserted look. A rough survey revealed that hardly 800 patients received indoor services. Unconfirmed reports stated that poor indoor service had claimed nine lives over the past 24 hours.

The RIMS campus was fortified with a company of JAP jawans, armed with firearms and lathis. Over 140 private guards of RIMS were also posted inside the building.

State health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi convened a meeting with junior and senior RIMS doctors this afternoon. But the two-hour meeting yielded no result as junior doctors refused to return to their duties till their eight-point charter of demands was complied with.

The junior doctors demanded dismissal of Bariatu officer-in-charge Md Waquar Hussain and city deputy police superintendent Mahesh Paswan. They alleged that the duo acted like mute spectators when a mob from Bariatu bustee entered the RIMS campus and kept attacking medicos for more than two hours.

Junior Doctors' Association member Neeraj Kumar said: "We want RMC counsellor Javed Akhtar arrested and some police officers dismissed, a wall around the land and a picket of para military force on the campus. We do not want doctors to be implicated in any police case or the construction of a proposed shopping mall on campus."

Though Sahi said the help of army and contract doctors would be taken, emergency services could not be started till late in the evening. Senior superintendent of police Sampat Meena said that three FIRs were lodged till late this evening in connection with yesterday's violence. Source:telegraphindia

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