Rajasthan doctors end strike after action against Police
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 21:04
Zeenews Bureau

Jodhpur: A section of doctors in Jodhpur, on a strike against alleged lathicharge on medicos here, called off their agitation after authorities took action on their demand, reports indicated.

"The decision to call off the strike was taken after a meeting was held between the striking doctors and the Jodhpur Divisional Commissioner and Collector in the evening," Principal Secretary (Medical Education) Mukesh Sharma said here.

In Jodhpur, the Resident Doctors' Action Committee Convenor Ajay Malviya told reporters that the strike was called off after the state officials assured to take action on their four-point demands, including removal of one additional SP and an ADM city, and FIR against the attendant who triggered the clash.

The government also assured to pay compensation to doctors whose equipment, computers and domestic gadgets were damaged during the police action, he said.

"This is not our victory over agitation. This is a protection of our self-respect," Malviya said.

On Saturday night, attendees of an injured patient Nemi Chand Mali allegedly misbehaved with resident doctors on duty at MDM government hospital in Jodhpur, official sources said.

A scuffle soon broke out between the medics and the kin of the patient following which police resorted to lathicharge to control the situation, they said.

Demanding action against senior police and administration officials, private and government doctors went on a strike in around 40 hospitals in Jodhpur, while resident doctors struck work in Jaipur, Kota, Ajmer and Bikaner.

Medical services were virtually paralysed in five major districts of Rajasthan due to the strike, crippling services at all six government medical colleges and their affiliated hospitals amid reports that around 55 patients have lost their lives during the stir.

While the outdoor patient departments (OPD) have been severely affected at all the hospitals following the strike that began Sunday, the indoor patients have been left to the mercy of nursing staff.

The government-run medical services have been hit in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Kota and Udaipur. Jodhpur is the worst hit by the strike.

According to local media reports, at least 55 people, including seven infants, have died in Rajasthan due to lack of proper medical care at the government hospitals since Sunday. The state government has not confirmed the number of deaths.

"We are not sure about the number of deaths...we cannot say for sure that these deaths have occurred due to the strike. It is to be probed as we have to verify facts," said state Health Minister A.A. Khan.

"Our priority is to provide medical care for the patients. We are making alternate arrangements in all the hospitals so that patients receive the best possible treatment," he said.

"We also appeal to the doctors to come back to work," the health minister said, adding that, if necessary, the state government would invoke the provisions of the Essential Service Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the striking doctors.

-Agencies inputs

First Published: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 21:04

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