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RIMS junior medicos threaten to join stir

Health services at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi may go for a toss from Monday if the MCI’s proposal to increase duration of MBBS studies by two years is not revoked.

Members of the Junior Doctors’ Association at RIMS on Thursday promised to extend their support to the ongoing medical students’ strike at the capital cradle if the health ministry did not give any assurance by Saturday that it would not give its nod to the MCI decision.

“Students are not alone in their fight. If need be, we will shut down OPD from Monday,” said association representative Shyam Charan Baski.

He further said that they were co-ordinating with various students and doctors’ outfits in other states.

“The Delhi-based associations are trying to mount pressure on the Centre. The parliamentary session is on and we hope that the government will take an initiative to talk to our representatives. If there is no positive outcome, we will go on a strike too,” he said.

Member’s of the association’s wing at MGM Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur are already shunning OPD duties.

Wannabe doctors at RIMS continued with their protests, which started from Wednesday. On Thursday, over 700 students sat on a dharna near director Tulsi Mahto’s chamber and took out rally on the campus to draw attention.

Describing the MCI recommendations as “draconian”, the students said they would not return to classes till their demands were met and appealed to senior doctors to support them.

Director Mahto said talks with student were not possible. “The demands may be just; but if the ministry takes a decision, how can we help?”

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