Doctors vs WB Government: Junior doctors reject CM Mamata’s appeal, the strike to continue

The medical crisis in West Bengal seems to be deepening with every passing day. The protesting on Saturday made it clear that they are not calling off their strike just yet and that it will continue till the CM herself doesn’t visit them at NRS hospital.

Rejecting CM Mamata’s appeal to call off the strike, the protesting doctors asserted that they are still very concerned about their safety. With medical services affected since June 11, Banerjee earlier on Saturday urged the agitating doctors to resume work and said her government has accepted all their demands. Banerjee, who also holds the portfolio of the health ministry in the state cabinet, said although she wanted to speak to the doctors on the second day of the protest, they had refused.

Between Thursday and Saturday afternoon, more than 500 government-employed doctors tendered their resignations in an unprecedented show of solidarity with their striking junior colleagues. However, Banerjee said the resignations hold no value as per law.

The medical fraternity in Bengal has been at loggerheads with the government after two junior doctors were assaulted by the kin of a patient who died at the NRS Hospital on the night of June 10 after alleged negligence. One of them, Dr Paribaha Mukhopadhyay, was critically injured and has been undergoing treatment at Kolkata’s Institute of Neurosciences. He is now said to be in a stable condition.

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday also wrote to Banerjee, advising her to take immediate steps to provide security to medicos and reach a solution to the impasse rising out of junior doctors’ agitation across the state. Banerjee later said she has appraised Tripathi about the steps taken to resolve the impasse.

Tripathi advised her to take the doctors into confidence about the arrangements of their security as well as the progress of investigation into the incidents of assault on them. This will help create a suitable atmosphere and “enable the doctors to resume their duties”, read his letter.