West Bengal: Doctors on Strike Ask for Mamata Banerjee’s Apology

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Agitating junior doctors in the West Bengal state turned down the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s invitation to resolve the deadlock and rather continued the strike on Saturday.

The protesting junior doctors declined to visit the secretariat and demanded from the West Bengal CM to deliver an unconditional apology at the Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital.

On June 13, CM Mamata Banerjee had made inappropriate comments at the SSKM Hospital which drew ire from the protesting doctors.

The agitating doctors and medical students had been protesting since June 11 over the improper security cover at the medical colleges and hospitals in the state after two junior doctors of the NRS Medical College and Hospital were beaten up by the relatives of a patient who had died. CM Mamata Banerjee did not paid any heed to the request of security for doctors and medical institutions which finally led to this massive strike.

Patients at the hospitals are unable to receive any treatment since the doctors have been on an indefinite strike since the last 5 days. Medical Associations from other states have also supported this demand of the West Bengal doctors. Many senior doctors in the West Bengal have already tendered their resignation.

However, on June 14, Union Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan had met with the protesting doctors and asked the West Bengal CM to resolve the issue and not make it a personal issue.

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