Junior doctors’ strike in West Bengal called off
Kolkata: The seven-day long strike by the junior doctors of West Bengal has finally called off after a televised meeting with chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Assuring the doctors of adequate security Banerjee instructed senior police officials to appoint nodal officers for the security of doctors in all hospitals including the city-based and in districts.
The doctors demanded a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for the attackers who assaulted the junior doctors to which the state government agreed.
Thousands of junior doctors went for ‘cease work’ following the beating up of two interns in a Kolkata hospital after the death of an old patient. The patient’s relatives were of the opinion that death was due to doctors’ negligence.
The strike also left some snowballing effect in health service sectors in other states as Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a nationwide protest against violence in hospitals and also went for a shut down on June 17.