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Junior doctors go on strike at PMCH seeking to pass medical students who failed written test



PATNA: Around two dozen patients have died allegedly for want of medicare after the junior doctors proceeded on strike in state-run Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) demanding the authorities to qualify the medical students declared failed in the written tests.

The junior doctors have proceeded on strike since Saturday evening. At least 21 patients have died in the past 24 hours. Hospital administration though claims all these deaths took place as patients’ condition was critical, and not due to strike by junior doctors.

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The protesting doctors want action against the head of the orthopaedic department, pass the students who failed the test and inquiry into prescription of medicines for a particular company, media reports said.

“The orthopaedic department head has been prescribing for medicines of a particular company and even forcing the students to prescribe this medicine. Those who didn’t obey his order have been failed in the exam,” Junior Doctor Association (JDA) president Dr Shankar Bharti told the media on Sunday.

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An average 3,000 patients rush to PMCH, Bihar’s premier medical college, everyday for treatment while around 15 of them die during the course of treatment every day, media reports have said.

The PMCH has often been in the news for wrongs reasons. In the past one year, the junior doctors have boycotted works for fourth times.

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