West Bengal Governor calls Mamata Banerjee to discuss doctors’ strike

Clay Curtis
June 15, 2019

Hakim asked. "Please question why goons are still surrounding hospitals and beating up doctors?" "I have called her, let her come", Tripathi was quoted as saying by ANI.

Doctors from many parts of the country expressed solidarity with the protesting doctors in West Bengal.

"Heinous repeated attacks on doctors across India esp WBengal have led to this situation.Govt must pass a Law to make any attack on Docs a non-bailable offence with min 12 yr jail".

Resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Safdarjung hospitals expressed their demonstration with bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest and suspended all non-emergency services.

Even the Bengal CM's nephew, Abesh Banerjee, extended his support to protesting doctors.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has declared an All India Protest Day Friday in the wake of violence against doctors in Kolkata. Around 400 junior doctors of Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Hospital, Raipur staged a protest.

Senior and junior resident doctors of several government hospitals in the national capital on Friday also went on the one day token strike and boycotted work. She must have spoken to them humbly because threats do not get anything done.

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The opposition has demanded that Mamata Banerjee give up the portfolio of health and family welfare that she handles over the government's failure to protect doctors.

The Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Suvra Ghosh has suggested that the Government take measures to resolve the grievances raised by the striking doctors and thereby persuade them to resume work.

Notwithstanding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's warning of strict action if work is not resumed, the junior doctors carried on with their agitation. In a Facebook post, Chatterjee said, that all their grievances can be solved through discussions with the government.

Mumbai: In the light of the recent assault on doctors in Kolkata, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) joined the nationwide protest on Friday in demand for protection of doctors.

MARD general secretary Deepak Mundhe said the doctors will keep off all routine duties between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and the hospital administration has been informed to ensure all other services are not hampered or patients inconvenienced. "We are not outsiders and this agitation is spontaneous". She said that just like she is CM of the patients, she is CM of the doctors too. The association has assured that emergency services will remain available.

Meanwhile, the principal and the superintendent of the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, where the assault on two doctors took place on Monday night, resigned late on Thursday.

"We want unconditional apology of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the manner in which she had addressed us at the SSKM Hospital yesterday".

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