September 29, 2020

Junior doctors call off strike

Patna: The junior doctors of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) and Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) called off their strike on Friday.

The strike was called off after the intervention of health principal secretary Sanjay Kumar who assured the doctors that their security issues would be taken care of.

NMCH superintendent Chandra Shekhar said town police outpost would be set up on the hospital premises. This has been sanctioned. The NMCH superintendent said two armed guards have been deployed in the hospital although they have asked for 18 armed guards to keep a watch on criminals.

More closed-circuit television cameras will be installed in the hospital. “Barricades have been erected at different points of the hospital,” the superintendent said.

He said from now a “pass system” would be used where only one attendant can accompany a patient. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the assault on the doctors by a patient’s attendants while three persons are still absconding. NMCH superintendent also said from Friday morning the hospital has been functioning normally as the junior doctors have joined duty.

PMCH superintendent Rajeev Ranjan Prasad, too, said the strike was called off on Friday morning after assurances from the health principal secretary on meeting their demands.

On Tuesday night a 70-year-old woman was brought dead to NMCH and when the doctors declared her brought dead, the attendants of the patient started assaulting the doctors. They also indulged in hooliganism. To protest this, the junior doctors went on strike. An FIR had also been lodged with the Alamganj police station against unknown persons.#

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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