TAMIL NADU

NIMS sacks 30 clinical registrars

HYDERABAD, JAN. 31. The Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences today terminated services of about 30 clinical registrars with immediate effect.

In his order to each registrar, the NIMS Executive Registrar, V. Krishnamurthy, said it had been decided to terminate their appointments in the interest of patient care and the public at large since the services in the institute had been declared `essential' under the A.P. Essential Services Maintenance Act of 1970.

Mr. Krishnamurthy said admissions of doctors, newly admitted to broad and super speciality PG courses and who had been served an ultimatum to report by 10.30 a.m. yesterday, might be cancelled. Out of the 24 PG doctors only five had complied with the order, he stated.

Hospital authorities said out-patient services and admissions were returning to `near normal' despite the strike by the Resident Doctors Association which entered 16th day today. According to the Medical Superintendent, Dayakar, faculty members examined 995 patients on Wednesday and 629 till this afternoon.

Meanwhile, attempts by the Indian Medical Association to end the deadlock made some headway with the NIMS Director, Kakarla Subba Rao, indicating to the residents his willingness to constitute a committee to study their demand for reducing the tuition fee. But, further progress could not be made as RDA leaders wanted him to spell out the composition of the committee which Prof. Subba Rao refused unless they called off their strike.

Addressing a press conference, the RDA president, V. Janardhan, said Prof. Rao had, at one stage, agreed to the demand for paying regular scales to clinical registrars, extending health benefits to dependents of residents and reducing library fee but he went back on the offer and asked the doctors to meet senior faculty members.

He took exception to the letters of termination served on the registrars and said the RDA would challenge the action in a court of law. The association would also fight the move to cancel admissions of PG doctors who had given notice before going on strike, he added.

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