Doctors in West Bengal and several other states have called for a nationwide doctor’s strike demanding security for staff in Government-run hospitals. The mass protest was called on since Tuesday after two junior doctors were attacked and seriously injured at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata by the relatives of a patient who died.
The murderous assault on two junior doctors identified as Paribaha Mukhopadhyay and Yash Tekwani on Monday set in motion the sequence of events leading to the paralysed state of Bengal’s public-sector healthcare system.
After two days protest and demanding state government’s intervention in the mater, West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday finally intervened. Banerjee reached the SSKM Hospital campus around noon and ordered the striking junior doctors to “get back to work in four hours,” failing which the government would act against them, which would include eviction from hostels.
At this, the doctors who were hoping for some solution to their demands, got further agitated and denied to call of their strike.
* The vowed have now to continue their stir till their demands for “security and justice” were met. A similar threat came from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s pool of 300 doctors. The doctors are demanding a strong punishment for perpetrators of violence against doctors.
* The doctor’s strike that started in Kolkata earlier this week has now spread across India with the doctors’ association of AIIMS showing full support to their West Bengal colleagues.
* Around 4,500 Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) stopped attending to patients in all the 26 government hospitals in the state simultaneously on Friday.
* Intensifying the protest, at least 80 doctors at Kolkata’s RG Kar Medical College and Hospital submit mass resignation. They are demanding an unconditional apology of CM Mamata Banerjee for her statement yesterday.
* Resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Safdarjung hospitals carried bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest and suspended all non-emergency services. Only follow-up patients with a prior appointment were being registered at the OPDs.