The junior doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), who are on an indefinite strike, want to meet senior health functionaries on Monday to press for the fulfilment of their demands.
Around 650 doctors of the premier medical institute went on the strike on June 14 following a brawl with relatives of an acute encephalitis syndrome patient, who died at the hospital on June 13.
PMCH Junior Doctors’ Association president Dr Rakesh Kumar said: “We were initially insisting that the principal secretary of the department or the health minister come down to PMCH to talk to us. But because of tricks played by some officials, it has not happened. We will now meet the duo tomorrow (Monday) and seek their intervention.”
He added that the junior doctors will run a parallel out patients’ department from 9am on Monday
The medics have been seeking better security arran-gements on the hospital premises and removal of superintendent Dr O.P. Chaudhary.
The hospital authorities, in the meantime, said the three-member committee formed by principal secretary (health) Vyasji to probe into the allegations made by Chaudhary will hold its first meeting on Monday and examine the charges.
In a complaint letter to the department, Chaudhary alleged that some of the junior doctors had beaten him up when he tried to meditate between the attendants and the junior doctors. The charges have further infuriated the striking medics who denied their role in the incident and said the allegations were “biased”.
Health officials said 75 doctors from neighbouring districts had been deployed at the hospital.
In another incident, relatives of a patient, who died at a private nursing home early on Sunday, ransacked its front office and vandalised an ambulance. Rajnath Kumar, who had fallen off the roof of his residence, was brought to the hospital on Saturday evening.