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Junior docs join chorus against quota

JUNIOR DOCTORS of the Gandhi Medical College (GMC), Bhopal along with medical students from RKDF College and Peoples? Dental College took out a rally today.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 14:43 IST

JUNIOR DOCTORS of the Gandhi Medical College (GMC), Bhopal along with medical students from RKDF College and Peoples’ Dental College took out a rally today.

They also handed over a memorandum to Governor Dr Balram Jakhar to protest the proposed 27 per cent reservation in central higher education and medical education institutes.

The agitating students castigated the caning of protesting medical students by the police in Mumbai recently. Many students and junior doctors participated in the rally that commenced from GMC and culminated at Roshanpura Square.

Several office-bearers of the Junior Doctors Association (JUDA) addressed the rally at Roshanpura Square. They called on the medical students from all over the State to come out in their support.

Although the concept of reservation was all right but the means and standards adopted by the Union Government were not acceptable, they said.

They urged the central government to give the issue a careful thought again before arriving at a final decision.

Emergency, OPD services affected
EMERGENCY AND OPD services at Hamidia Hospital were affected today morning due to the absence of junior doctors who had gone to participate in the rally.

Several patients were seen wandering from one ward to another in search of junior doctors. Meanwhile, hospital authorities tried to restore normalcy and most of the consultants and senior doctors had to carry out duties otherwise handled by junior doctors.

Only a negligible number of the critically ill patients that reached the hospital were admitted in the emergency ward. Otherwise, most OPDs were sans junior doctors and patients kept on waiting for a long time to get treatment.