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Odishatv Bureau

Sambalpur: The junior doctors of the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) have threatened a cease work from January 12 for fulfillment of their long-standing demands.

“We, the Post Graduate students of VSSIMSAR, Burla, are putting some of our demands regarding development of our institution and improvement in the health and teaching facilities. The following demands are very important for us and must be fulfilled, failing which we, along with the house surgeons and under-graduates, will go on cease work from January 12,” Dr Shankar Ramchandani, president of Junior Doctors’ Association, VIMSAR, said in a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday.

The nine-point charter of 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 which will helpful for the doctors and patients, shifting of over-crowded female medicine ward to new building as there is no separate building for different units, tightening of security of the of our 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 qualitative canteen in thehospital premises for doctors and staffs.

Director of VIMSAR, Sonamali Nag said, "Steps are being taken to meet their demands. However, it will take some time.

He also said that they would discuss with junior doctors over this issue.

The JDA has also submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister and Health Minister through the Director, VIMSAR in this regard.

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