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Ranchi, Jan. 1: The six-day strike by junior doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) was called off after a marathon meeting this evening.

Jitendra Singh Munda, the president of the Junior Doctors Association (JDA), said: "We have agreed to call off our strike after receiving assurances that our demands will be fulfilled. If that does not happen, we will be forced to think of a fresh agitation."

Munda said the state has agreed to provide security to doctors and to take action against police officials responsible for ill-treatment of doctors on last Saturday.

Munda added, "We have also demanded that our hostels should be surrounded by a wall so that outsiders can not get easy access."

Earlier in the day, the health department had stepped up efforts to end the indefinite strike. A few senior officials of the department and RIMS professors held talks with the representatives of Indian Medical Association to find a solution to the stalemate. They also held a discussion with some members of the JDA at the chamber of deputy director of RIMS and tried to persuade them to call off the strike.

The junior doctors launched the agitation last Saturday after residents of Bariatu bustee beat them up over a minor accident on the RIMS campus. Around 64 junior doctors sustained injuries in the attack while the police allegedly played mute spectators. Four FIRs have already been filed in connection with the case.

The doctors were not ready to resume work unless their demands were met. They were clamouring for the suspension of the officer-in-charge of Bariatu police station, Waquar Hussain, and city deputy police superintendent M.R. Paswan.

Meanwhile, indoor patients continued leaving the hospital in the absence of proper medical services. Today, the number of patients dropped to 356 from 398 while three more patients died.

A round of the different wards on the first floor of the hospital revealed that there were only 12 patients at the Dr J.K. Mitra unit, while the figure was 11 at the unit of Dr K.K. Singh. Dr J. Singh unit had just six patients while seven patients were present at Dr R.K. Jha unit.

Patients complained it was difficult to find doctors after 1pm. "Nurses have to run to call doctors in case of emergencies," a patient said. A nurse at the casualty operation theatre said only one major and four minor operations had been carried out in the past 24 hours.

Services at intensive care unit were also hit. A patient from Kutchery, Surendra Munda (23), was found lying dead on bed 1134 while his wife sat crying beside his body.

A relative said that Munda died due to the delay in prescribing medicines. However, RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad maintained that services were normal.

"Other than the regular doctors of RIMS, 53 doctors have been brought in to ensure proper medical aid. Today, we treated 122 patients at the outdoor unit and carried out eight major and six minor operations. We admitted 10 new patients, did 12 CT scans and 11 USGs," he said. Source:telegraphindia


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