West Bengal’s Doctors Strike enters 7th Day : Mamata Banerjee to meet 2 representatives from each Medical College

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West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that she will meet two representatives from each medical college as the Doctor’s strike entered 7th Day. Banerjee had on Saturday met the agitating doctors and request them to get back to their duties.

‘I appeal to all doctors to resume work as thousands of people are awaiting medical treatment’, Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday. She also offered them an olive branch and promised them not to invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).

She added as quoted by ANI, ‘We never arrested a single person. We will not take any police action. Health services cannot continue like this. I am not going to take any stringent action. Let good sense prevail’.

ESMA Act imposed to provide for the maintenance of certain essential services and the normal life of the community. The ESMA, as it is commonly known, gives the police right to arrest without a warrant anybody violating the Act’s provisions.

While extending solidary West Bengal Doctors, Junior and Senior Level Doctors from many parts of India have joined in the ongoing strike. Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune protested at KEM Hospital over violence against doctors. While doctors at AIIMS Bhopal also held protest in support of doctors of West Bengal. Similar strikes were organized by Doctors in other parts including Lucknow, Jharkhand among others.

In the meantime, Resident Doctors’ Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi also announced to go on strike till 6 am tomorrow, in support of doctors strike over violence against them in West Bengal. Emergency services including Casualty, ICU & Labour room to be continued.

Doctors in the West Bengal have launched a strike after two doctors were attacked over the issue of negligence at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday. The violence incident drew a sharp reaction from Doctors community across the nation as many governments and private institutions join in the on-going protest

West Bengal Mamata Banerjee had on Thursday appealed to all to restore normal healthcare services to the patients without any further delay. She also sent a Kolkata Police Commissioner to held parleys. However, the doctors strike on Monday entered the seventh day.

In the meantime, BJP West Bengal MP Babul Supriyo slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said Doctors do not want to meet Mamata Banerjee. They think that they will be threatened by her in a closed-door meeting. This shows nothing but the lack of Trust for her.

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