Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Burla, May 2:
Cease work by the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in the western Odisha town of Burla today entered its second day.
The JDA resumed its cease work from May 1 to press for its nine-point charter of demands. As the JDA’s agitation has the support of house surgeons and PG students, health services have almost come to a halt at the premier institution.
Patients were seen shifting to private nursing homes in view of the prevailing crisis.
“In the morning, they told us that the secretary and the RDC would be visiting for holding discussions. We were hopeful that discussions will be held. Neither the secretary nor the RDC has arrived till now. They are dilly-dallying. We are still hopeful,” said Shankar Ramchandani president JDA.
On the other hand, VIMSAR authorities told reporters that they are taking all steps so that patient care is not affected.
“They are on agitation not for their personal gains they are on agitation for the development of the institution. Their demands are genuine. I have told the students that we will support you. I have requested them not to affect patient care under any circumstances. They have agreed to it,” said Prof (Dr) Brajmohan Mishra, Superintendent VIMSAR.