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Rajasthan doctors’ strike enters 4th day

Jaipur: Medical services in Rajasthan remained badly affected on the fourth day Saturday of the strike by resident doctors and officials said at least 30 patients have died across the state so far due to the agitation.

The state government has clamped the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) on the doctors agitating for pay hike and other demands.

“About 350 doctors have been arrested for violating RESMA and 15 doctors have been suspended,” a senior medical and health department official told IANS.

He said the doctors have been invited for talks. At least 30 patients have died in hospitals across the state due to the absence of doctors, he added.

Nearly 3,500 resident doctors and 20,000 National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) contract employees, along with thousands of in-service doctors, are participating in the strike since Wednesday.

The NRHM contract employees are demanding permanent posts which, they claim, was promised to them by the chief minister last year.

The All Rajasthan In-service Doctors Association (ARISDA) has been demanding a hike in wages on a par with the central government employees for the past 11 months.

ources said patients are being attended to by senior doctors at hospitals in Jaipur. However, the strike has had a severe impact on rural areas where most of the primary health centres are shut.