Kolkata doctors strike continues on 3rd day: Get back to work in 4 hours, Mamata Banerjee gives ultimatum

Kolkata Doctors strike

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, June 13: Today is the third day and the Junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital continue their strike after doctors were allegedly attacked by a patient's family who died on June 10. The striking doctors are now demanding that chief minister Mamata Banerjee should come and meet them.

A doctor says, "We have already explained our demands in posters. CM should come here." 

"Get back to work in 4 hours,"  Mamata Banerjee gives an ultimatum to the striking doctors.

Kolkata Doctors strikeDay 2 of the StrikePatients are left at lurch as the strike of junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital enters the second day. A patient's attendant says, "my patient is not receiving any treatment from last 3 days. I am not allowed to enter the hospital. Many patients are dying."The mayhem that erupted after an assault on the NRS Medical College and Hospital doctors after the death of a 75-year-old patient Mohammad Sayeed, continued as many healthcare services were shut down across Bengal.The already tensed situation in West Bengal further got tenser with developments that erupted after an intern was injured in the clash and regular services at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital were disrupted as the junior doctors began a sit-in, demanding better security.Kolkata Doctors strikeSenior BJP leader Mukul Roy visited NRS along with party MP Locket Chatterjee and promised all help and co-operation to the agitating junior doctors.Talking to media and as reported by The Telegraph, Roy said, “Ekta bishesh sampradayer lokjon hamla chaliyechhe. Tara Trinamul korey… ei hamlay Trinamul jorito. Ar akranto, chikitsak Paribaha Mukherjee (People of a particular community carried out the attack. They belong to Trinamul, which is involved in this attack. And the doctor who has been attacked is Paribaha Mukherjee).”Roy was further reported as saying, “Such attack on Mukherjee and his colleagues cannot be taken in a simple way. It is a planned move by a particular community and the ruling party patronised the attackers.”

What has irked the doctors?Earlier a clash erupted between junior doctors and relatives of a patient at a state-run hospital here late Monday night after the 75-year-old died.Family members of Mohammed Shahid, a resident of Tangra, allegedly assaulted some junior doctors at around 11 pm after he died. As a result, a clash broke out, virtually turning the hospital premises into a battleground, the police said.Shahid's family members were also angry over a delay in handing over his body.

Police are helplessA large team of police personnel from Entally police station intervened and restored to lathi-charge to bring the situation under control, a senior Kolkata Police officer said.More than 50 doctors shut the gates of the medical institution and began a sit-in on Monday night, demanding "protection", the police said.Services at the hospital, including the emergency services, were affected on Tuesday as the junior doctors' continued their protest.West Bengal Medical Education Department director, Dr Pradip Kumar Mitra, visited the hospital and tried to persuade the doctors to withdraw their protest, but in vain.Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya, who also visited the hospital, was met with resistance from the protesters. The protesters raised slogans and demanded better security for themselves."We are talking to them. We will appreciate if they withdraw their agitation and resume normal work as patients are suffering," the minister said.The agitation also spread to other medical colleges and hospitals in the city, with junior doctors staging sit-ins in support of their colleagues at the NRS Hospital.

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