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Hazaribagh medicos call off strike

HAZARIBAGH (Jharkhand): About 150 doctors of Hazaribagh, belonging to the Jharkhand Health Services Association (Jhasa), called off their strike on the third day following assurances by the administration that those behind the assault of a colleague would be brought to book.

Earlier in the day some 500 doctors belonging to the Hazaribagh district unit of the IMA also went on a 24-hour strike in solidarity with their Jhasa colleagues.

The medicos launched strike on June 14 after their colleague civil surgeon Dr Vijay Kumar Prasad was beaten up in the premises of Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital following the death of accident victim Prakash Kumar of Kanchanpur village whose family alleged medical negligence.

Later in the day, deputy commissioner Vandana Dadel assured a Jhasa and IMA delegation that the administration would clamp down on all those behind the attack on Prasad and ensure proper security in the hospital compound.

Regarding the withdrawal of cases against two doctors of the Hazarfikbagh Sadar Hospital filed by patient's kins, the DC said it will be considered after submission of report by the SDO, Hazaribagh Akhauri Sashank Sinha who has been asked to inquire the entire incident.

A Jhasa spokesman then announced calling off the agitation in the larger interest of the public.

Chief secretary A.K.Singh also took serious note of the assault on civil surgeon and asserted the government will ensure doctors or any other official were present at their places of work in the appointed hours. source:TimesofIndia

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