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Odishatv Bureau

Burla: Junior doctors of the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) began a cease work on Tuesday for fulfilment of their nine-point charter of demands.

This was announced by Dr Shankar Ramchandani, president of Junior Doctors’ Association, VIMSAR, to the media.

“The Association decided to launch the cease work at its general council meeting this morning after the expiry of its ultimatum to the state government,” he said.

It may be mentioned that the Association had submitted a memorandum to the chief minister and Health and Family Welfare minister through the Director, VIMSAR on January 4 in which it had put forth its demands regarding development of VIMSAR and improvement in health services and teaching facilities in the institute. The Association had served an ultimatum to the state government to fulfill its demands by January 11, failing which the house surgeons and under-graduates had threatened to go on cease work from January 12.

The nine demands of the Association are installation of MRI services in the hospital at the earliest, delegation of power (both financial and administrative) to VIMSAR authority to take independent decisions on behalf of the doctors and patients, shifting of over-crowded female medicine ward to new building, tightening of security of the institution to minimise anti-social activities, round-the-clock supply of electricity and water in labour room, operation theatres, SNCU, ICU, Medicine Ward, UG and PG hostels, increase in library funds and staffs for library for better teaching facilities, filling up of all vacant posts of teaching and non- teaching staffs with immediate effect, working of Regional Diagnostic Centre for 24 hours and establishment of a quality canteen in the hospital premises for doctors and staffs.

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