VIMSAR Junior Doctors’ stir enters second day

Burla: The agitation by the junior doctors of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) entered the second day today.

Reports said the agitating junior doctors took out a rally in the town in the morning demanding fulfillment of their 9-point charter of demands.
Later, they demonstrated in front of the office of the VIMSAR superintendent.

“I had a discussion with the agitating junior doctors and told them that all their demands are genuine and are in the process of being solved. I also assured them that I will try my best to ensure that all of their demands are fulfilled and requested them to withdraw their strike and take care of the patients on a priority. They all agreed to my request,” said Prof Brajamohan Mishra, who was appointed the superintendent of VIMSAR today.

Talking to OTV, Dr Shankar Ramachandani, president of Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA), VIMSAR said the hospital authorities have informed the Association that senior officials like the RDC or the Health secretary will visit the Hospital very soon to have a discussion with the junior doctors. But till date, no official has arrived.

“Our primary demand is solution of water and electricity problem in the hospital, which the hospital authorities are yet to fix. When we go to the RDC office, the RDC gives a formal assurance. We want his physical presence here so that he will realise the ground realities. We have not decided to include senior resident doctors in our agitation and we sincerely want that the patients get proper medical attention. The junior doctors are not willing to agitate, but they are forced to agitate due to prevailing circumstances in the hospital and the apathetic attitude of the hospital authorities,” he pointed out.

Asked about the health services in the hospital, VIMSAR director Prof Sunamali Bag said the patients are being properly taken care of by the senior resident doctors.

Maintaining that the ongoing strike by the junior doctors will have no effect on the patients, he said the leave of all senior doctors and professors has been cancelled.

He said as per the demands of the junior doctors, the hospital authorities have contacted the RDC and Additional Secretary, Health who will visit the hospital to have a discussion with them.

“Our students are very nice. I hope that if the senior officials visit the hospital and have a discussion with them, they will withdraw their strike,” Bag added.