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Legal protection request by doctors of RIMS

RANCHI: The doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) met the members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Jharkhand, on Tuesday to demand the implementation of the Medical Protection Act in the state.

"The Medical Protection Act has been implemented in many Indian states. We had given a proposal to the state government in 2009 and again in December 2011 but have not got any response. Incidents of attack and misbehaviour with doctors are increasing every day and we have no protection," a member of the RIMS teachers' association said.

President of the Junior Doctors Association of RIMS Samual Toppo said it was decided at the meeting that a delegation of doctors would meet state health minister Hemlal Murmu and request him to propose the implementation of the act in the ongoing assembly session. The deadline for acceptance of the proposal - failing which the doctors have threatened to go on strike - has still been kept for April 4. "If no positive action is taken for the protection of doctors, we will go on strike but with the IMA's consent," said Toppo.

"If the government is insensitive, we cannot become insensitive too. Our strike will affect the society." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Suicide in RIMS

RANCHI: A middle-aged patient committed suicide at the RIMS early on Wednesday. City-based auto driver, Birendra Kumar Singh, 42, was admitted to the medicine department after he complained of severe abdominal pain and breathlessness on March 23.

The sole breadwinner of his family, Singh, a resident of Dhurwa Sector II, had undergone heart surgery at the AIIMS, New Delhi, in 1999. RIMS associate professor (medicine) Umesh Prasad, supervising the treatment of the deceased, told TOI, "A heart valve of the deceased was in a bad condition. It had led to damage of adjoining parts as well."

Doctors claimed in the past two days, medical condition of the deceased had improved. "During my morning round on Tuesday, he was alright. On Tuesday night, he had complained of mild abdominal pain," said Prasad. Patients in the same ward also said the deceased had a good sleep on Monday night. RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said: "He was suffering from chronic heart disease. I think he was frustrated with it all. Apart from some minor tests, he hardly had to pay any bills here."

The incident occurred around 3.30am. He had gone to toilet in the morning. When he did not come out for a long time, his wife got worried. After an alarm was raised, security staff broke open the door. Singh was found hanging from the bathroom's ceiling, said a hospital employee. tnn

It was money, some doctors claim, which forced Singh to take the extreme step. "If Singh had enough money and had got a valve replaced 10 to 12 years ago he would have been fine. A valve replacement surgery costs around Rs 2.5 lakh. I think lack of money had kept him away from a proper surgery," Umesh said. According to the family of the deceased, Singh had a paralysis attack 18 months ago.

The issue was also raised at the assembly on Wednesday. To the queries from Opposition, health minister Hemlal Murmu told the House that the death had nothing to do with any administrative issue at RIMS. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com


State government nod for a high-level probe into the murder of Lukas Minj.

RANCHI: The state government on Monday gave the nod for a high-level probe into the murder of Lukas Minj.

Minj, a hearing and speech impaired tribal of a village in Burwadih of Latehar district, was found dead on February 7. An FIR was lodged against some unknown people for his murder, but the victim's brother William Minj accused the security forces of killing him. Though the demand for a CBI or judicial inquiry was not entertained, state HRD minister Baijnath Ram, who was answering questions for the home department, agreed to hand over the investigation to the DIG, Palamu division.

The matter was raised in the house by CPI (ML) MLA Vinod Singh, who asked if the government had any plan to punish police involved in the killing and pay compensation to Minj's family. Singh also demanded a CBI or judicial inquiry saying the matter was being probed by Latehar SP, who himself is among the accused in this case. "This is beyond common understanding how the matter is being investigated by the Latehar SP, when the police operation which was going on in the forests of Latehar was being led jointly by the SPs of Latehar and Garhwa district," said Singh.

Supporting his demand, Pradeep Yadav of the JVM (P) sought to know about the progress of investigation and the reasons for avoiding a high-level probe. Giving details of the investigation, Ram said, on the directive of the Latehar deputy commissioner, Minj's body was exhumed and sent for forensic test at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the state capital.

"The process was videographed and it was confirmed that he died of bullet injuries," said Ram, adding investigation is on. On being prompted by speaker C P Singh for a high-level inquiry, he agreed to get it investigated by the DIG, Palamu division. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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