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Enter governor to end doctors’ strike - Talks held, decision likely today


Ranchi, Jan. 19: As soon as the Union cabinet today approved of the imposition of President's rule in the state, the Raj Bhavan took the matter of junior resident doctors' indefinite strike at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in its hands.

Governor Syed Sibtey Razi summoned chief secretary A.K. Basu, health secretary Pradeep Kumar and RIMS director N.N. Agarwal and directed them to take necessary steps to end the strike at the earliest.

He also asked his principal secretary Sudhir Tripathy to hold talks with the striking doctors and convince to come to an amicable conclusion.

Following the direction, a delegation of junior doctors was called to Raj Bhavan by Tripathy around 3pm. After an hour-long discussion, the junior doctors were asked to end the strike by night and health secretary was requested to convince the protesters to do the same.

The striking medicos are also taking the matter seriously. They started preparing for a meeting to chalk out a strategy in the changed circumstances.

Although Junior Doctors' Association spokesperson Kundan Kumar said chances of calling off the strike were slim tonight, he did not rule out the possibility of getting some positive result tomorrow. "We have convened a meeting that is expected to go on till late tonight. We will be able to say something concrete about our decision tomorrow," Kumar said. Meanwhile, the junior doctors ran a parallel outdoor outside the emergency ward of RIMS and treated more than 400 patients. They also took put a procession on the RIMS campus and convinced their teachers to extend moral support to them. They also spoke to patients.

"We are not inhuman like the bureaucrats and politicians of our state. We are eager to provide services to the poor all the time. But there is no one to look after us. We were beaten up inside our institute campus while the police played a mute spectator. And when tried to defend ourselves, the police implicated us in criminal cases. We are supposed to be the backbone of the institute, but we are not paid properly. In such a scenario, we do not have any other option but to go on strikes to attract the attention of the authorities," a junior doctor was heard telling a patient.

Meanwhile, 15 patients died in the past 24 hours and more than 400 patients left the hospital due to the absence of proper indoor services.

RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad, however, claimed that proper services were provided to patients. "More than 700 patients were registered at the outdoor unit while 23 patients were admitted today. We carried out eight major and 24 minor operations," he said. source:.telegraphindia.com

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