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RIMS docs seek security

Junior doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical College (RIMS) in Ranchi have sought adequate security and threatened a strike if the same was not provided soon.

The protesters handed over a memorandum to officiating director of RIMS Dr S.K. Choudhary on Sunday, urging him to beef up security on hospital premises. In the memorandum, also addressed to health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh, they have sought extra cover for doctors.

The demands come in the wake of doctors being frequently manhandled. On Saturday, relatives of one deceased Brajesh Gope of Khunti had assaulted junior doctors when they announced his demise. A scuffle between doctors and patient kin had followed.

“We are scared to declare a patient dead because we fear manhandling by relatives,” said president of Junior Doctors’ Association Ravi Murmu, justifying a strike if they called one.