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Doctors strike in Jaipur: Government clamps RESMA as patients suffer

Nearly 10,000 doctors are on a strike in the state.

February 1, 2018, 11:59 am

Kalicharan Saraf
  Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has taken a tough stand against the ongoing doctors’ strike in Jaipur and the rest of the state, clamping restrictive provisions under RESMA (the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act). The authorities said that doctors who don’t report for duty will be arrested and a strict departmental action would be taken against them. Nearly 10,000 doctors in the state are reported to have joined the strike in support of their various demands. The strike was announced nearly 2 am on Monday when the negotiation between the government and the resperesenatives of various doctors’ organization failed to break the deadlock. Rajasthan medical and health minister Kalicharan Saraf said that doctors have been asked to report immediately for duty and RESMA has been implemented. Under the law, doctors violating the orders will be arrested, eh said. Special arrangements have been made at all government hospitals and medical colleges, but patients suffered since morning. The doctors said that a consensus could not be reached on most of the 33 demands. Earlier, more than 8000 doctors had submitted their resignations to the government. “All the district collectors have been asked to make special arrangements for patients at government hospitals in the state. We have also sought help from the army and railway hospitals,” said a senior medical and health department officer.

First published: November 6, 2017