Day 6 of Raj strike: Govt sacks 10 docs, 400 arrested

Hospital strike
Jaipur, Dec 25: Hardening its stand, Rajasthan government sacked 10 doctors and two medical officers for taking part in the strike as the stalemate between agitating medicos and authorities continued for the fifth consecutive day. After reviewing the situation, Chief Ashok Gehlot has ordered dismissal of ten doctors and two chief medical and health officers, an official said.

The services of Yaduveer Singh Rathore, Acting CMHO Pali, Dulichand, CMHO Jalore and ten 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 since December 21.

Taking up cudgels for the agitating doctors, the Indian Medical Association 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.


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