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Jaipur: Striking resident doctors asked to return to work or face suspension

SMS Medical College administration issues warning to striking doctors in Jaipur.

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December 19, 2017, 5:18 pm

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Doctors strike in Jaipur causes long queues of patients at government hospitals. Image credit: Post staff

Jaipur: SMS Medical College administration has warned the resident doctors who have gone on strike that they would face suspicion if they didn’t resume duty with immediately effect.  The administration said that resident doctors who are found absent from duty on Wednesday will be suspended. Rajasthan high court also ordered that doctors be arrested if they don’t end their strike.

SMS Medical College principal Dr US Agarwal said that the resident doctors who are on strike should immediately resume their work at the hospital and designated workplace by December 22.

“The college administration will be forced to initiate action against these resident doctors if they didn’t comply with the directions,” said Dr Agarwal.

While hearing an application, the high court also said that doctors’ strike is a contempt of court.

Those who continue to be on strike should be arrested, while doctors who resume duty should not be harassed, the court said in its directions to the government.

Doctors strike in Jaipur and the rest of the state has crippled health and medical care services at government hospitals.

Rajasthan police have arrested more than 60 doctors over the past three days since the strike began. Many doctors have returned to work, but the situation has not improved.

Many doctors are reported to have disappeared fearing arrest.

The government has clamped 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.

First published: December 19, 2017