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Doctors give Manjhi 24 hours to say sorry

Manjhi's statement further strained the relationship between the government and the IMA.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Saturday set a 24-hour deadline for Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi to express “regret” over his remarks regarding doctors, failing which the association would either approach the court or go on strike.

The CM had landed in a soup after he said on Friday that he would “chop off the hands (of doctors) if there was any negligence in the treatment of the poor”. Manjhi had also said that he would not tolerate “any slackening in matter of health”.

His statement further strained the relationship between the government and the IMA. The CM had earlier suspended the medical superintendent of Patna Medical College and Hospital without serving a showcause notice in the wake of the stampede at Gandhi Maidan.

Manjhi, meanwhile, defended himself saying, “I cannot do anything about people who do not understand the meaning of a Hindi proverb I used. I used ‘chopping hands’ in the context of curtailing powers of negligent doctors. I am disappointed at people taking it literally.”

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IMA Bihar vice-president Dr Sahjanand said, “It is a shocking statement coming from the CM. We met today but were divided over whether to go on strike or to court. We have given the CM a 24-hour deadline to express regret or we will meet tomorrow (Sunday) to decide our course of action.”

First published on: 19-10-2014 at 04:31:16 am
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