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NHRC notice to J'khand over death of 34 patients at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences

Ranchi: Death of about three dozen patients at Jharkhand's premier health institute, Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), during a recent strike has come under the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) scanner.

Taking serious note of the death of 34 patients due to gross negligence of medical staff during August 17 to 23, the NHRC has sought explanation from the RIMS administration and the State government as to why the people were left to fend for themselves.

About 300 junior doctors and 425 contractual nurses along with para-medical staff went on a lightning strike during the period in support of their demands, which included withdrawal of cases against some doctors and substantial hike in their remunerations.

The police had lodged a case against some doctors and other RIMS staff for allegedly beating up attendants of a couple of patients, who reportedly died due to the doctors' neglect.

NHRC spokesman Jaimini Kumar Srivastava said that the commission would serve a reminder to the State government if its reply did not reach them within the stipulated time.

"In a petition, the commission has been brought to the notice that over 60 patients had to be shifted from RIMS to other private hospitals due the strike, while 34 patients lost their lives," Srivastava said.

Officiating Health Secretary AK Sarkar said that necessary action had been initiated in response to the NHRC query. -

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