Rajasthan sacks 10 more doctors; strike continues

Last Updated: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 09:19

Zeenews Bureau

Jaipur: Hardening its stand, the Rajasthan government late on Sunday sacked 10 doctors and two medical officers for taking part in the strike as the stalemate between agitating medicos and authorities continued.

With the doctors’ agitation entering sixth day today, the patients’ toll due to non availability of medical services in the state has risen to 53.

So far, 409 doctors have been arrested following the strike which began on December 21.

Last night, after reviewing the situation, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot ordered dismissal of 10 doctors and two chief medical and health officers, an official said.

The services of Yaduveer Singh Rathore, Acting CMHO Pali, and
Dulichand, CMHO Jalore, and 10 medical officers in different
parts of the state were terminated for being involved in the
strike and causing huge inconvenience to patients, the
official said.

Describing the doctors` strike as "unfortunate", the Chief
Minister had earlier appealed to them to resume duty "in the
interest of the society".

"The government is making all efforts to keep the
situation under control and alternate arrangements have been
made in view of the unfortunate strike," he said.

The medical crisis in the state which is causing hardships
to the patients deepened on Friday after 5,000 medicos, who
are on strike demanding pay hike and time-bound promotions,
submitted their resignations.

All government doctors working in hospitals, dispensaries,
primary health centres and resident doctors of all the six
medical colleges in the state have been on strike.

Taking up cudgels for the agitating doctors, the Indian
Medical Association yesterday criticised Rajasthan government`s
stand over the strike and demanded revocation of Rajasthan
Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) for medical
services.

Demanding that doctors arrested under RESMA be freed
immediately, Secretary of IMA Rajasthan S S Agrawal asked the
government to invite the agitators for dialogue to "understand
their grievances".

State Health Minister Duru Miyan said the government was
already in talks with the agitating doctors and expressed hope
that a consensus would be arrived at soon.

The government has so far suspended 40 doctors, official
sources said.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Vasundhara Raje blamed the
Gehlot government for the crisis.

"Dozens of people have died due to doctors` strike and the
government is solely responsible for it," she said at a public
function in Jhunjhunu.

(With PTI inputs)



First Published: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 09:16

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