Junior Doctors Back on Strike after Clash between Student and Principal

Clash between junior doctor and PMCH Principal leads to doctor's strike in the hospital.

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Patna: Going by the odds based on previous such incidents, it was about time when the junior doctors of the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) went on an indefinite strike to express their grievances against the institution on one pretext or the other.

PMCH Principal Dr. S. N. Sinha and a junior doctor clash on Wednesday.PMCH Principal Dr. S. N. Sinha and a junior doctor clash on Wednesday.Following a clash between a medical student and college Principal Dr. S. N. Sinha, the junior doctors of the PMCH went on a strike on Wednesday leaving 120 some odd patients in the hand of the God.

As reported, Alok Kumar, a final year student in the Anesthesia Department, riding a motorcycle, tried to break through a barrier within the campus that was put on Tuesday at the behest of the Patna High Court. At the time of the conflict, Kumar was neither wearing the doctor's scrub nor had any identification on him. When the security guards tried to stop him, he started an argument with them.

Dr. Sinha, who was watching the drama unfold, approached the student and ordered him to take alternate route to wherever he was going. This angered the student who started to shout at the Principal calling him names and threatening him 'to teach a lesson' because he knew some important people in the Health Department.

Soon things turned ugly and both the student and the Principal started to throw punches at each other. Security guards deployed in the campus then intervened and separated the two while arresting the student for disturbing peace inside the hospital.

As the news of the clash spread among the junior doctors, they immediately announced their decision to go on an indefinite strike while demanding the release of Alok Kumar, all charges dropped against him, and an unconditional apology from the college Principal.

At the time of reporting, the Principal put the blame squarely on the shoulder of the student saying it was he who hit him first after which he also hit Kumar in self-defense.

"I did not know that he was a junior doctor because he was neither wearing his apron nor was carrying an identity card," Dr. Sinha said.

Joint Secretary (Health) Chandra Shekhar Verma, coming to the defense of the Principal, said that there was no question of an apology because it was Kumar who first tried to go through the barrier and then hit the Principal to scare him away.

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