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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sets a 4-Hour Deadline for Striking Doctors to Resume Work

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-13

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today angrily warned doctors at Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College in Kolkata to stop their protest and resume work or face action.

 

“I saw people waiting for treatment outside the hospital today, some of them were really critical. This is shameful and I condemn the unlawful protest,” Banerjee, the Health Minister of Bengal said.

 

Banerjee visited the state-run Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial (SSKM) Hospital, where the junior doctors had joined in the two-day long strike alongside their colleagues across the state in protest against the attack on an intern in another city hospital.

 

The doctors are on a ‘cease-work’ agitation after their colleagues were allegedly assaulted by a patient’s family.

 

She spoke to some of the patients and their family members waiting at the hospital lobby outside the emergency department and issued instructions to the hospital officials over phone, as the protesting doctors continued to raise slogans, shouting "We want justice".

 

Asking the doctor to resume work, Banerjee said, “We have arrested five in connection with the NRS issue, but the doctors are still protesting. Some of them are not junior doctors but outsiders. If they do not withdraw protest and resume regular work within four hours, we’ll review their profiles,” she said.

 

She said her government has condemned the attack on the junior doctors but being doctors they cannot stop their services.

 

"Even police officers die during their duty but they cannot resort to sit-in protests," she said.

 

Protesting against the brutal attack on two junior doctors by the family members of a dead patient in Kolkata's state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday night, doctors across the state have stopped work at the out patient departments (OPDs) in most government hospitals in the state since Wednesday.


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