Return to Work or Face the Music; Govt. to Striking Medicos

LJP youth leaders taking out a protest march against Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav for failing to bring an end to the ongoing strike by the junior doctors in Bihar hospitals.

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Patna: Alarmed by the growing number of deaths at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and other hospitals in the state in view of the ongoing indefinite strike by the junior doctors, the state government on Wednesday issued tough warning to them directing them to return to duty immediately or face the consequences.

Talking to the reporters, Principal Secretary (Health) R. K. Mahajan said that the government was not going to sit idle while patients continued to die in the lack of medical care. He asked the protesting medical students to return to duties or get ready for tough actions.

"We are ready to listen to their demand for security at the government hospitals but we cannot be bullied into sacking the Principal of the PMCH Dr. S. N. Sinha. This is not a legitimate demand and cannot be fulfilled without a prolonged procedure," Mahajan said as the strike entered into its fourth day on Wednesday.

As reported, the PMCH junior doctors went on strike after police showered canes on them last Sunday night during a doctor-patient family brouhaha following the drowning death of a man who was brought into the hospital after he had already died.

Officials put the number of deaths in Bihar government hospitals directly related to the ongoing strike to nine though the unofficial number is said to be as high as 20.

Meanwhile, the student wing of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in Patna on Wednesday took out a protest march to demand the withdrawal of strike at Bihar hospitals and the resignation of Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav who, they said, had time to go play in the water park in Patna but could not find to hold negotiation talk with the striking medicos or meet with the family members of those who had died in the hospital in the lack of medical care.


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