Striking docs call off strike after Mamata promises security, special mobile number

Doc strike called off in Bengal

Kolkata, June 17: The West Bengal doctors have called off their strike after meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday. Mamata had termed the meeting with the striking junior doctors as "positive and productive".

A 31-member team of junior doctors from all the state-run medical colleges in West Bengal held a meeting with Banerjee and senior state government officials at the secretariat Nabanna on Monday afternoon.

Listening to the demands and grievances of the doctors, Banerjee urged senior police officers present at the meeting to take stringent action against attacks on doctors.

She also asked the officers to appoint nodal officers at the hospitals in the state for the doctors' security. Doctors will also be given specific mobile number and e-mail address to lodge complaints

Earlier, doctors agreed to meet Mamata Banerjee after the official confirmation of live media coverage of the discussion.

The letter from Director, Medical Education, P.K. Mitra said the Chief Minister has agreed to meet two representatives from each medical college at the Secretariat Nabanna.

"The discussion will focus on all your demands. I also confirm that discussion and resolutions taken in this meeting shall be recorded, and duly communicated to you," the letter said.

Prior to the government climb down, the doctors had stuck to their point that they will reach the state Secretariat Nabanna once they get an official confirmation of live media coverage of the meeting.

News24 Bureau/ Agencies

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