Doctors' strike lead to 31 deaths of patients in western India

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The doctors' strike across the state of Rajasthan in western India has claimed lives of 31 patients in Jodhpur so far, said local officials on Tuesday.

The doctors, who went on strike Sunday to protest against the alleged lathicharge at the MDM College in Jodhpur, have refused to back off.

The resident doctors say that the police lathicharged them following a minor scuffle among a few doctors and attendants of a patient. Some resident doctors were also arrested but later released.

Senior doctors of three government hospitals in Jodhpur, who had agreed to report for their duties, have gone on strike again dealing a further blow to the medical services.

Doctors are demanding a meeting with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to discuss the issue. They have been demanding that the policemen involved in lathicharge be suspended.

The state government has appealed to the doctors to resume work. The government has also been working on a contingency plan to tackle the situation and says that over 300 medical officers would be deputed at affected hospitals if the doctors do not call off strike.

Indian Minister of State for Health Dinesh Trivedi also requested the doctors to come back to work.

"I appeal to the doctors with folded hands to come back to work. I have also spoken to Rajasthan Chief Minister and he said he is trying his best to control the situation. If needed I myself am ready to personally go and meet these doctors," Trivedi said.

Trivedi also warned that action would be taken if the doctors do not join their work soon.

"There are many laws that the state government has at its disposal that it should use if it comes to that. I would suggest the MCI to take action against these doctors who cause death by negligence. It should even consider de-recognizing their degrees," he said.

Almost 3,500 resident doctors in all the six government medical colleges and its attached hospitals in Rajasthan are on strike but Jodhpur is the worst hit.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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