Strike by junior doctors unjustified: Nitish
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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 It should be withdrawn immediately,'' Kumar told reporters here.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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