Protesting Junior Doctors Reject Mamata Banerjee’s Offer, Continue Strike
Kolkata: Agitating Junior doctors on Saturday rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s offer to hold talks and resolve the doctors’ stir in Bengal, which has now spread to other parts of the country.
The doctors have termed the offer as “a ploy to break the agitation”.
The Junior doctors rejected Mamata Banerjee’s invite to hold talks at Nabanna, the state secretariat. After the first offer for a meeting was declined for Friday evening, Banerjee sent a fresh invite for Saturday evening, which was also rejected.
Furthermore, nearly 300 doctors resigned from the government hospitals in the state on Friday amid protests against an attack on their colleagues. The agitation began from Kolkata’s NRS Hospital where a junior doctor was attacked earlier this week for alleged negligence.
Protesters have set six conditions, including an unconditional apology from Mamata Banerjee for her remarks against the agitation and action against those who assaulted their colleague.
Moreover, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the protesting doctors at Kolkata’s SSKM “abused” her when she visited the hospital. “They can oppose me, they can hurl abuses at me. I don’t mind because they are young. I only want them to resume work,” she said. She had also blamed “outsiders”, the CPI(M) and the BJP for the agitation.