432 contract doctors on strike in Jharkhand

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 15:38

Jamshedpur: Over 400 contractual doctors
went on an indefinite strike in Jharkhand from last midnight
in support of their longstanding one-point demand to
regularize them.

A total of 432 doctors, appointed on contract by the
state government in 2005, were on strike to press for the
demand that their services be regularised, President of Indian
Medical Association, Jharkhand chapter, Dr Bimlesh Singh said over phone.

He said though Jharkhand Health Minister Hemlal Murmu
had repeatedly assured to regularise them nothing had been
done as yet.

The minister had made similar promise to a delegation
of doctors, who met him here recently, to regularize their
services by June 15.

The IMA President said Jharkhand was already facing a
shortage of over 5000 doctors.

Singh said the IMA, Jharkhand chapter would join the
strike if the state government did not respond to their demand
soon.

Official sources said the strike did not much
affect work at hospitals.

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 15:38

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