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Rajasthan. Medical services paralyzed in Jaipur following the suicide of a Dausa doctor | Jaipur News

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Apr 3, 2022
JAIPUR: Medical services across the city were paralyzed on Saturday following a strike by government and private hospitals following the suicide of a doctor.
Dr Archana Sharma committed suicide on Tuesday after being charged with murder by police following the death of a patient at her hospital in Lasot, Dausa district.
Several major hospitals in the city displayed banners apologizing to patients for closing their facilities. Doctors in public hospitals also boycotted the work, banning emergency services and indoors.
However, a rift between doctors has greatly heightened the effect of the statewide unrest.
While the Indian Medical Association (IMA) ended the strike, the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Society (PHNHS) continued the protest demanding that the accused named in the FIR in connection with the death of Dr Sharma be sentenced under IPC Section 306 (encouraging suicide).
Defying the order of the IMA, the All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association (ARISDA), a corps of government doctors, decided to side with the PHNHS and continued the agitation. ARISDA President Dr. Ajay Chaudhary said, “We will continue our work of agitation and boycott on April 3.
The IMA said that although it called off their participation in the strike, it would continue with the protests.
PHNHS Secretary Dr Vijay Kapoor said: “The movement is no longer confined to Jaipur or Rajasthan. It has now become a national movement. We regret the inconvenience caused to people because of this.
Dr Kapoor said that many organizations such as IMA, Society of Medical Practitioners, Upchar, Association of Serving Physicians of Rajasthan, Indian Dental Association, Federation of Gynecological Societies of India have gave their full support.
There is a lot of outrage among obstetricians and gynecologists not just in the state but across the country due to Dr. Sharma’s death. President of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies of India (FOGSI), Dr Shanta Kumari, Secretary General Dr Madhuri Patel and Vice President Dr Archana Sharma gave their support to agitated doctors during a meeting held at Jaipur Medical Association Hall.