Junior doctors in West Bengal remained on strike for the 4th straight day on Friday. Services in all government medical colleges & hospitals and in some private hospitals too remained affected.
The doctors kept away from duties despite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s warnings of strict action being taken against those on strike.
The matter also reached the Kolkata High Court the same day, But the court denied the plea for an interim order directing the state govt to pursuade the striking doctors to return to work.
The matter also travelled from Kolkata to Delhi. Junior doctors at the premier AIIMS and Safdarjung hospitals also went on token strike.
They also met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan seeking the Centre’s intervention in the matter..
The Health Minister responded after meeting the striking doctors appealing to Mamata Banerjee to sort out the entire situation.
Apex body of doctors, the Indian Medical Association has also urged the govt to intervene seeking prioritisation of doctors’ security.
It also announced that doctors nationwide will remain on strike on the 17th of June in solidarity with their West Bengal colleagues.
IMA has also sought enacting of Central Hospital Protection Act from the Central govt.
Friday also saw 4,500 resident doctors in Maharashtra striking work for the day over the issue of doctors’ security.
Although it did not affect emergency services..Similar protests were also witnessed in several other states.
It all began with a heinous assualt on two intering doctors at Kolkata’s NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday after the death of a patient.
Doctors in the state began their protest the next day and have refused to back down despite warnings of dire consequences by the Chief Minister.