Strike by junior doctors unjustified: Nitish

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 00:30

Patna: Describing the indefinite strike by
junior doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH)
and Darbhanga Medical College Hospital (DMCH) as unjustified,
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the state Human
Rights Commission has taken a serious view of it and was
looking into it.

``Strike at the cost of interest of the people,
particularly the poor, is unjustified and uncalled for ... It
should be withdrawn immediately,`` Kumar told reporters here.

The state government, he said, is facing resource
constraints but is never hesitant in implementing welfare
measures.

``I will consider sympathetically the demand for
enhancing the stipend of junior doctors from Rs 13,000 to Rs
25,000 on the basis of merits,`` he assured and said the
junior doctors should have continued dialogues towards
resolution of their demand instead of launching the strike.

The strike had begun at PMCH on Tuesday and the junior
doctors of DMCH had joined in the agitation on Thursday.

About 65 patients, 60 in PMCH and 5 in DMCH, had died
till yesterday due to the strike by 1000 junior doctors, PMCH
Junior Doctors Association said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 00:30
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