Patna: Following a strict warning by the state government and the death of nearly a dozen patients who did not have to die in the lack of medical care, junior doctors in Bihar have reportedly called of their strike after four days.

As reported, normalcy has started to return to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and other government hospitals in Bihar who had been on strike since Sunday night following a police lathi charge on them at the PMCH premises.

Anil Kumar, a senior official in the Health Department, said that most striking medicos had returned to the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and things were slowly returning to normal at the PMCH, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur (SKMCH), Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital, Gaya (ANMCH), and Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Bhagalpur (JLNMCH) as well.

Earlier, Principal Secretary (Health) R. K. Mahajan had threatened serious action against striking doctors if they did not resume duty soon. He had also assured them of action against those who had assaulted them inside the PMCH premises on Sunday night following the death of a patient.

Junior doctors at the PMCH had gone on a lightning strike shortly after police resorted to lathi charge to control the situation following a fight between the patient's family and the hospital staff. Demanding round-the-clock police security at the hospital and the dismissal of college Principal S. K. Sinha, who, they said, did nothing to stop the police from beating them up, the medicos shut down the services and appealed to fellow junior doctors at other medical colleges in the state to come out in support their strike.

Officials put the number of casualties directly related to the four-day strike to 12.

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