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Govt. Appeases Doctors, Strike Suspended

Govt. Appeases Doctors, Strike Suspended
January 30, 2012

The role of Junior Doctors in the health system of Bihar is of great significance. The state health ministry groping in the dark as the Junior Doctors were not agree to roll back their strike, proposed from 31st of January across the state.  But thanks to the Doctors, Medical Association and government representative who together worked out a plan and the strike which was looming ahead from the midnight of 31st January is called-off. After the government assurance of relevant hike in the stipend alike central govt. and the demand of JUDA (JUnior Doctors Association, which is dissolved at present) to get the rank of senior residents will now be monitored by an inquiry committee which will submit its report in three months. Earlier to this, the state government requested the junior doctors to called-off their proposed strike. Amid all the effort from the government quarters, a “slip of tongue”, by the health minister, Ashwini Chowbey turns the scene upside down on Sunday. For the last couple of days Amarjeet Sinha, health secretary of Bihar was in constant touch with the principal and the Superintendent O.P.Chowdhry trying his best to appease the Junior Docs. The health secretary welcomes the decision and assured the Junior Doctors that their grievances will be addressed within 3-4 months. It’s well known that DMCH Darbhanga, NMCH Patna, ANM Gaya, JNLM Bhagalpur, KMC Katihar and PMCH patna having a total of about 1000 junior doctors. Most of the medical works are done by these doctors. Giving their critical importance, each time such situation arise governments seems perplexed as neither it can be over strict nor it can loose the string.   “To chop their hands off”, is a quote which does construed in wrong sense by media, said the furious health minister. “It’s just a quote and I only meant not to allow any one cripple the health system and hijack the entire state by going on strike”, he said.