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Ranchi, Jan. 17: The state government has taken serious cognisance of the indefinite strike of the 400 junior resident medicos of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) that has virtually crippled healthcare at the premier medical institute.

Health secretary Pradeep Kumar has directed RIMS director N.N. Agarwal to take "necessary steps" to terminate the strike by Sunday.

He has threatened to take punitive action if the junior doctors fail to join their duty tomorrow.

Many patients lay unattended to due to lack of enough doctors on the campus today.

In a letter to Agarwal, Kumar has said that the third-year post-graduate students, who are to appear in the final-year PG examination, would be barred from doing so.

"The junior doctors have made it a habit to go on strike every now and then. We are informing the Medical Council of India (MCI) about this," said Kumar.

The health secretary has also said that Ranchi University would be told to cancel the registration of doctors who do not resume work by January 18.

The strike period would be treated as a "break in residency" and would have to be compensated later.

Even the Raj Bhavan has taken the strike of the junior residents of RIMS seriously. Today, Governor Syed Sibtey Razi called the health secretary and RIMS director and enquired about the strike.

"The governor has expressed concern about the ongoing strike as it has denied much needed healthcare to patients coming from far-flung districts," said a Raj Bhavan official.

The health secretary has issued a notice, directing RIMS director to cancel the leave of all doctors, teachers, nurses and paramedical staff till "further notice".

Meghraj Kundan, the spokesperson of Junior Doctors' Association, said they would have to decide on their next course of action together.

The junior doctors had started their indefinite strike on January 16 midnight after the 15-day deadline given by the health secretary to fulfil their demands expired on Thursday.

Earlier, the strike had begun after a scuffle with some local residents in which one doctor was seriously injured.

The demands of the junior doctors included withdrawal of police cases against RIMS students and proper action against officer in charge of Bariatu police station Waquar Hussain and city deputy superintendent of police Mahesh Paswan. Source:telegraphindia

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