West Bengal

Aparna Sen Won’t Accept Any Award From Bengal govt, Joins Doctors’ Protest

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-15

Veteran actor and renowned filmmaker Aparna sen has joined the doctors’ protest in Kolkata and has said she won’t accept any more state awards as a mark of protest against the plight of doctors in the state.


On Friday, Aparna had requested chief minister Mamata Banerjee to talk to junior doctors who are protesting against an attack on an intern.


"Dear Chief Minister, you are our guardian. You are like our mother. You are senior to these young doctors. Please take care of them," said Sen during a visit to NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.


The protest started after a junior doctor on Monday night was left with a fractured skull as a 200-strong mob attacked the NRS hospital in Kolkata following the death of a patient.


While junior doctors have stopped services demanding increased security for them in government hospitals, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has threatened them instead, asking them to withdraw their protests within four hours or be thrown out of their hostels.


Instead of condemning the attack on the junior doctor, she also went on to give the issue a political colour by blaming the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party for the ruckus.


Accusing West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of failing to handle the situation, more than a hundred medical practitioners across various state-run hospitals tendered their resignations on Friday, reports said.


More so, the doctor’s strike in the state has spread to the rest of the country despite the chief minister’s threats to them to return to work.


Banerjee has been reluctant to give the protesting doctors any assurances or take responsibility for law and order, saying instead that it was the Bharatiya Janata Party which was instigating the doctors to strike. She also alleged that the BJP was asking doctors not to treat Muslim patients.


Not only is Banerjee the chief minister, she also holds the state’s health portfolio.


However, doctors from various institutions and hospitals inside and outside the state have expressed their solidarity with the junior doctors and joined the protests. Teachers of the RG Kar Medical College have sent in their resignation en masse.


Aparna Sen also announced that she would not accept any award from the state government. Actor-producer Dev Adhikari, who is also a member of the ruling Trinamool Congress, also expressed concern over the security of the doctors, but urged them to return to work in the interest of patients.


While the protest continues, junior doctors are providing services to needy patients informally in various government hospitals and health centres.


Doctors in Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi have also staged protests and given support. The Indian Medical Association has been calling for nationwide protests.


The Delhi Medical Association also called for a ‘total medical bandh’.



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