More trouble for VIMSAR director; junior doctors threaten cease-work stir

Sambalpur: The Junior Doctors Association (JDA) at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla have threatened to launch a complete cease-work stir from Monday alleging inaction over their demands of dismissal of VIMSAR director Aswini Pujahari.

The junior doctors observed partial cease-work today as a mark of protest after the completion of 48-hour deadline mentioned by them in the memorandum to the health department for action on their 10-point charter of demands.

According to sources, the junior doctors were seen working normally in the ICU and OT but were absent in the indoor and outdoor wards of the hospital today.

Meanwhile, apprehending the stir, VIMSAR administration has made all emergency arrangements.

Himanshu Mishra, vice-president, JDA said “We are currently not working in the outdoor and indoor wards but the doctors are normally attending ICU and emergency services. We will take the next course of action after the completion of 48-hour deadline.”

Meanwhile, director Pujahari has shot a letter to the Odisha Governor seeking investigation into the allegations leveled by the junior doctors.

“I have sent a letter to the Governor seeking investigation into the allegations by the JDA. I am ready to face the investigation,” Pujahari said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Pratap Jena said that the situation is being reviewed at the hospital.