Doctors across India stage protest; over 300 doctors quit in West Bengal

KOLKATA/NEW DELHI, JUN 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 6/14/2019 11:27:24 AM IST

Over 300 doctors resigned from government hospitals in West Bengal as their protest against an attack on their colleagues earlier this week in Kolkata escalated on Friday. Demanding better security at hospitals, doctors in Bengal and across India skipped work and held demonstrations. Healthcare services at private and government hospitals were severely affected on Friday with lakhs of doctors across the country deciding to boycott work for a day to express solidarity with their protesting colleagues in West Bengal.

The India Medical Association also called for an “All India Protest Day” Friday against the incident.

Strike on June 17: Indian Medical Association (IMA) Friday announced withdrawal of all non-essential medical services on June 17 if demands of doctors are not met. “Today we held a solidarity protest across India. On Monday (June 17) there will be a complete bandh if the demand is not met,” the IMA said. The IMA also said that they should be given assurance of security from the state government before they resume their duties.

IMA leader Soubhik Debbarma said that to protest the violence against doctors in different parts of the country, especially in Kolkata, doctors in all the North Eastern states carried out their duties in all government and non-government hospitals and nursing homes wearing black badges.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has urged protesting doctors to exercise restraint and continue serving patients. He assured doctors that the government is committed to ensuring their safety and urged them to ensure that essential services are not disrupted.

Calcutta High Court on Friday refused to pass any interim order on the strike by junior doctors and asked the West Bengal government to resolve the issue so that patients can get health services. Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan, during the hearing of a PIL, reminded the striking doctors of the ‘Hippocratic Oath’ they take to ensure the welfare of all patients. The bench fixed June 21 for further hearing of the petition.


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