Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Nearly 300 junior doctors and house surgeons of Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and Hospital, who had abstained from attending medical services following an assault on a junior doctor by a patient's attendant on Wednesday night, withdrew their agitation on Friday.

Director of KIMS M.G. Hiremath said that the junior doctors withdrew their agitation on Friday afternoon, after he informed them about the steps taken to fulfil their demands.

He said most of the demands of the agitating junior doctors out of the 16 put forward by them had been meet. He said a few demands such as providing better medical equipment would require a month's time and he had convinced the agitating doctors on the issue.

The withdrawal of agitation by junior doctors was a big relief to the KIMS administration as the medical services in the biggest government hospital in North Karnataka had taken a beating because of the strike.

Meanwhile, the police have registered a case against two persons, including a Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activist, and have remanded them in judicial custody.

The junior doctors had taken the decision to abstain from medical services after one junior doctor (Ravi Pattar) who was on duty in the casualty wing of KIMS on Wednesday night was slapped by a patient's attendant for reportedly telling a patient suffering from gangrene to get treated at the outpatient department on Thursday as it was not an emergency case.

Following the incident, the junior doctors decided to boycott work.

They said that they would resume work only after adequate security was provided to them and their other demands were met.

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