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PTI | Sambalpur | Updated: 08-12-2018 22:44 IST | Created: 08-12-2018 22:44 IST

With the Odisha

government asking director A K Pujahari to go on leave, the

junior doctors of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical

Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla ended their cease work

and resumed duty on Saturday.

Prakash Mohapatra took over as the new director

in-charge of the institute.

The junior doctors were on a stir to press for their

demands since November 17.

The cease work of the 240 junior doctors and 150 house

surgeons of the institute impacted health services at the

biggest healthcare centre of western Odisha.

"Considering the greater interest of the patients who

depend on VIMSAR for health services, we have decided to

postpone the cease work. The house surgeons will also join

their duty and the undergraduate students will attend the

classes," Vice-president of Junior Doctors Association,

Himanshu Mishra said.

The agitation made the Odisha government form a team

to conduct a probe into allegations against Pujahari of

indulging in unproven clinical practices for treating cancer


After the inquiry, the state government served a

show-cause notice to the director and sent him on leave on


Pujahari said he has been given three days to reply

to the show-cause notice. "I will reply and if I fail to reply

in the stipulated period, I may ask for some more time. I will

abide by the direction of the government," he said.



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