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Adamant docs take out bike rally

A MOTORCYCLE rally was taken out by Junior Doctors Association (JDA) after receiving a message from their counterparts at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that the strike was to be continued. The rally, attended by students from Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) College and other colleges also, was taken out from Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) to Vijay Nagar Square this evening.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 14:32 IST

A MOTORCYCLE rally was taken out by Junior Doctors Association (JDA) after receiving a message from their counterparts at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that the strike was to be continued. The rally, attended by students from Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) College and other colleges also, was taken out from Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) to Vijay Nagar Square this evening.

According to JDA spokesman Dr Avinash Gupta, though the motorcycle rally had been planned in advance the decision to go ahead with it was taken after clear signals of continuing the strike were received from the national JDA at AIIMS.

The events of the day unfolded quickly with the visit of Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramdoss to AIIMS, the police action against doctors sitting on strike and closure of AIIMS by security forces, coupled with the Supreme Court directive to end the strike.

However, the government’s half-hearted initiative has been rubbished by the students and the unsympathetic stand of the Supreme Court, which has held the doctors responsible for the suffering caused to patients not the government, has only added to their woes.

Their only strength remains the widespread support that has been forthcoming from various organisations. The doctors have decided that until the government gave in writing that the four demands made by them in their charter would be considered they would not withdraw their agitation.

Students from all medical colleges and some from engineering colleges who could spare some time between exams, along with youth from several organisations, participated in this motorcycle rally. The students have pledged to continue the movement and if need be fill jails in protest.

Meanwhile, health services at MYH continued to take a beating as most doctors kept off work. The few patients left in the hospital were seen pleading for attention from doctors. Unconfirmed reports said that a girl with burns had died at MYH due to lack of treatment and another had been sent away without palliative care and even before the police could come to take her statement.