Darbhanga: About 450 junior doctors of Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) launched an indefinite strike on Thursday to press for their demands. They are demanding hike in their stipend and enforcement of Medical Protection Act for security to the medicos, DMCH Junior Doctors Association Kunal Shankar said.

The junior doctors will abstain from work for two days and then disrupt medical service at DMCH, he said.

Shankar said DMCH junior doctors were unhappy with the Health Minister Ashwani Chaube for reneging from his promise to hike their stipend from April 1, 2012 and implement the Medical Protection Act in the hospital during talks with junior doctors who had proposed to launch a strike earlier on the twin issues.

He said the DMCH junior doctors were also sympathetic to their colleagues at Patna Medical College Hospital who have been on strike for over a week to press for a host of demands.

DMCH principal S N Sinha said talks were on with the striking junior doctors for resolution of their demands. Arrangements were being made to ensure uninterrupted medical service at the hospital and senior doctors may be given additional charge.


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