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West Bengal doctors reject Mamata Banerjee's offer of dialogue, strike continues

The protesting doctors got even more agitated with a spineless statement of CM asking SSKM hospital doctors to either return to work or face action.

Hina Fatima Khan | Updated: 15 Jun 2019, 16:41:13
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (Source: ANI) West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (Source: ANI)

West Bengal: The junior doctors have now rejected West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s offer of dialogue to resolve the issue of doctor’s strike in the state. The long-drawn tussle between West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and state doctors demanding more security in the hospitals. 

Over 700 government doctors tendered their resignations over the ongoing tussle with the state authorities. To conciliate the protesting doctors senior Trinamool leaders and ministers pleaded for silence, while condemning attack on doctors.

The protesting doctors got even more agitated with a spineless statement of CM asking SSKM hospital doctors to either return to work or face action.

What has happened so far?

After a mob attack on a junior doctor in the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital after the death of a 75-year-old patient in NRS hospital on Monday night. 

Medical services were interrupted with the following strikes by doctors in different parts of the country- Mumbai, Patna, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Jaipur. Mass resignations of several senior health officials were among the many.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also called for a nationwide protest and withdrawal of all non-essential services on June 17. 

Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan also urged protesting doctors to return to work so that patients don't suffer. The minister also assured a delegation of medical professionals that the Centre would intervene and write to all Chief Ministers to ensure better security for doctors nationwide. Reiterating that the Centre would also ask West Bengal CM Banerjee to intervene and take required steps for the same.


First Published: 15 Jun 2019, 16:38:27

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