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Thousands of patients in Jharkhand languished outside government and private hospitals throughout the day on Monday as almost 8,000 doctors belonging to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) abstained from work, supporting the nationwide strike called by the organization.

Patients outside the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), where 350 doctors abstained from work, had tough time convincing the doctors that they were "extremely sick" and needed immediate medical treatment. Patients were also not treated at any private hospital in the city.

At a private infertility hospital, a newborn baby allegedly died because of carelessness and lack of doctors. The test-tube baby suffered acute respiratory problems. However this could not be confirmed by the authorities. Prakash Kumar, the father of the baby, alleged that doctors' carelessness and strike had claimed the life of the baby.

According to official figures, 35 patients were admitted to RIMS's emergency unit till 2pm. No additional arrangement of doctors was, however, made in the wake of the strike. Four PG doctors, one assistant doctor and one chief medical officer were available as usual in the emergency.

Umesh, who broke his right leg at a field in Ormanjhi, did not qualify for treatment. "The doctor asked me to bring him tomorrow. My brother is in severe pain," said Brishan Horo, Umesh's younger brother. The two brothers are planning to spend the night outside the OPD.

Nasreen of Bariyatu also met a similar fate. "The doctors are saying that my son is not that much critical," said Nasreen. The five-year-old boy had both his eyes badly swollen and he was not able to see properly.

In medicine, orthopaedics, paediatrics and other wards of the RIMS patients, waited for the doctors but only the nurses treated them. No surgery was conducted in the hospital. Nitai Kumar Singh, a resident of Jamui district, had to undergo knee and ankle surgery on Monday. "The surgery has already been delayed. I am languishing here for the last eight days," said Singh. In medicine ward the patients who suffered from as critical diseases as stone in gall bladder were also left uncared.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said no untoward case was reported throughout the day. "Doctors in the emergency ward have been instructed to remain alert. All the patients who have come in critical condition have been treated," said Mahto.

At Sadar Hospital, too, doctors were not available. Generally, eight doctors sit in the OPD at the hospital. "The total number of patients is very few on Monday. We have treated all the patients who were critical in emergency," said Dr Anil Kumar. However Dr Kumar was the only doctor available at Sadar Hospital's emergency ward. Over 40 patients were seen here on Monday.

Over 100 patients returned without treatment from the city's posh Apollo Hospital. "We did not carry out any planned surgery. Only accidental surgeries were conducted," said director of the hospital Shahid Ansari. City's Curie Abdur Razzaque Ansari Cancer Institute also deferred all planned cancer operations.

Almost similar scene was prevailing at private nursing homes across the state. At Guru Nanak Hospital, Raj Hospital, K C Rai Memorial Hospital, and Hill View Nursing Home among others patients were not seen. IMA's Ranchi chapter president Dr R S Das, who works as a consultant for various private hospitals in the city, said, "The private hospitals were as affected as the government hospitals." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Huge rush of patients to RIMS suffering from heat ailments

Patients are not getting beds at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) because of a huge rush of patients suffering from heat ailments. The rush could be seen every day at the outdoor department of the hospital.

"This year, the summer has wrecked havoc. It is extremely hot and we are receiving over 1,300 patients daily. Most of them are suffering from summer-related diseases," said S K Chaudhary, the medical superintendent of the RIMS.

There are 900 beds at the RIMS. An estimated 1,400 patients are currently admitted to the hospital. There are 232 beds in the medicine ward of the hospital. All seats were occupied throughout in the last month. "As there is a shortage of beds, many patients have to lie on the floor," said a doctor.

RIMS head of the medicine department A K Mahto said all patients were being taken care of. "Mainly cases of malaria, viral fever and summer diarrhoea are being reported," Mahto said.

Doctors-Teachers Association secretary at the RIMS Prabhat Kumar said, "The outdoors of medicine, paediatrics, dermatology and gynaecology are witnessing a huge load. The number has almost 60% increased."

"It looks as if the global warming has hit Ranchi in the worst kind of way it can affect any place. Historically, Ranchi was never so hot," said Ansari.At Apollo Hospital, too, patients suffering from high fever, viral infection, malaria, summer diarrhoea, allergy and other summer diseases are coming in more numbers. "The hardest hit are the children," said Pranav Mandal.

At another city hospital, Tabssum Alam Hosptial, too, the scene is similar. "At times, we fall short of support staff and helpers to take care of the huge rush of patients suffering from summer-related diseases," said Tabssum Alam, head of the hospital. The number of patients suffering from skin rashes, allergies, sunburns, and other diseases is more than last year.

Over 1,000 patients visited city's Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital with complaints of irritation, burning sensation and itching in eyes. "Eyes are the most exposed parts in the body. In summer, chances of cataract are also intense. Mainly children are suffering from the problems," said Bharti Kashyap, chief executive officer of the hospital. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Strike call withdrawn by RIMS junior docs

Junior doctors at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) have withdrawn their call for strike from Saturday after their demands were conceded to by the administration on Friday.

RIMS Junior Doctors' Association president Samuel Shyam said, "We have been informed by the administration that our salary for April and May will be paid in full." Along with 300-odd junior doctors, 400-odd senior doctors have not been paid either their salaries or their non-practising-allowance (NPA) for April and May.

The junior doctors had worn black badges at workplace on Thursday in a show of agitation demanding payment of their NPA along with their salaries. On Thursday, the doctors had given a 24-hour ultimatum to the RIMS administration to take a final decision or they will go on strike.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto, however, did not confirm the development. "All I can say now is we are sorting out the things."

Jharkhand's principal health secretary K Vidyasagar had visited junior doctors at the RIMS on Thursday. The principal secretary had assured doctors that he would look into their demands. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com


RIMS doctors protest against salary cut

RANCHI: The unpaid doctors of Jharkhand's premier medical college and hospital, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) have decided to launch a full-fledged agitation to realize their dues. The state government has decided to slash 25% of their salaries paid to them as non-practicing allowance (NPA).

Around 300 junior doctors of RIMS wore black badges to their workplace on Thursday demanding NPA with their salaries. Not just the junior doctors, seniors, too, have not received their salary or NPA for the last two months.

RIMS administration has recently been given annual allotment of funds for the year 2012-13. Last year's allotment was used by the hospital administration to pay salaries and NPA to these doctors.

However, with the latest allotment a directive has been given to the RIMS administration from the state government not to pay NPA from the fund. Following the issuance of the notice junior doctors called upon RIMS director Tulsi Mahto to register their protests.

"The price of petrol has been hiked. The cost of living is too high these days but instead of increasing our salaries, the government is slashing it," said a junior doctor, who did not want to be quoted.

RIMS medical superintendent S K Chaudhary said, "The doctors have lodged their protests but they have not skipped work."

According to a rough estimate on Thursday around 2500 patients were attended to by the doctors at RIMS.

Later, the doctors held a meeting at anatomy hall to discuss future strategies. "The principal secretary has sought 10 days time to resolve the issue," said another junior doctor on the condition of anonymity.

When contacted Tulsi Mahto said, "A group of doctors had called on me today. But I will not speak on the issue right now."

Another group of doctors had gheraoed Tulsi Mahto's office on Wednesday demanding an explanation on the same issue. Later they had also called upon Jharkhand principal secretary for health K Vidyasagar to address their grievances. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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