Doctors’ strike Today India LIVE News Updates: After assurances from West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, the agitating junior doctors in Kolkata formally called off their week-long strikes. They had met the CM in the evening where she assured a number of security measures a number of issues were discussed. During the meeting, she asked the police officers, who were present in meeting to appoint nodal officers for hospitals in the state for the security of doctors.
Earlier in the day, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a nationwide doctors’ strike to express solidarity with the junior doctors agitating in Kolkata against the assault on their colleague. The doctors in Kolkata have been protesting for the last seven days demanding stern action against those involved in Monday night’s attack on junior doctors at Kolkata’s NRS Medical College.
A formal announcement on withdrawal of the strike is likely to be made from the epicentre of the protest, the NRS Medical College and Hospital.
IMA secretary general RV Asokan said that all non-essential services including OPD will be withdrawn for 24 hours starting 6 am on Monday. The emergency and casualty services, however, will continue to function. He added that doctors will not go home until the government gives them an assurance that concrete measures will be put in place for their safety and security. The IMA had launched a three-day pan-India stir, beginning Friday to express solidarity with the doctors. Alone in Kolkata, over 450 doctors have resigned so far against Mamata Banerjee’s inaction.
Doctors in Kolkata were protesting since Tuesday against the assault on junior doctors by relatives of an elderly patient who died on Monday night during the course of treatment. Doctors were demanding safe working conditions and action against the those behind the violence.