Live Updates

  • 6:42 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: “I do not want to invoke Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) Act in the state. I want the junior doctors to resume work as we have accepted all their demands,” said Mamata

  • 6:31 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: We never arrested a single person. We will not any police action. Health services cannot continue like this. I am not going to take any stringent action. Let good sense prevail, Mamata added.

  • 6:27 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: “We’ve accepted all their demands. I had sent my ministers, principal secy to meet the doctors, waited for 5 hours to meet doctors delegations yesterday and today, but they did not come. You have to give respect to the constitutional body,” Mamata told reporters.

  • 6:22 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: “I appeal to all doctors to resume work as thousands of people are awaiting medical treatment,” says Mamata.

  • 6:16 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: “State govt is committed towards resuming normal medical services at the soonest. The incident on 10th June was unfortunate. We had continuously tried to reach a solution,” Mamata asserted.

  • 6:15 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: Speaking to reporters over the ongoing protest by medicos, CM Mamata Banerjee said,”State is fully committed to take necessary steps. State has taken the decision to bear all the expenses of medical treatment of the junior doctor who is admitted at a private hospital.”

  • 6:14 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing press conference.

  • 6:05 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: CM Mamata Banerjee cancels her proposed visit to injured Dr Paribaha Mukhopadhyay, who was attacked by a patient’s relatives at NRS Medical College and Hospital.

  • 5:46 PM IST
    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: “We want an urgent solution to this situation. We shall resume our duties as soon as our demands for proper security and safety at work place are met. We humbly request the Chief Minister to meet all of us at NRS Medical College and Hospital and discuss and implement all our demands at the earliest,” said Sarkar reading out a statement by the agitating doctors. The statement also mentioned that the doctors were deeply concerned about the sufferings of the common people.
  • 5:46 PM IST

    Doctors’ Strike Live Updates: Striking junior doctors once again turned down Mamata Banerjee’s proposal for talks at the state secretariat – Nabanna, and stuck to their stand that she would have to come down to NRS Medical College and Hospital to listen to their grievances.

New Delhi: The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal finds itself cornered from all sides as on June 15, with striking junior doctors in the state first rejecting her offer on Friday to meet her at the state secretariat Nabanna and now AIIMS issuing a 48-hour ultimatum to her.

The Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS on Saturday issued a statement that read, “We issue an ultimatum of 48 hours to West Bengal Govt to meet demands of the striking doctors there, failing which we would be forced to resort to an indefinite strike at AIIMS.”

The standoff between the protesting Bengal doctors and the chief minister seems to be far from nearing its end with the AIIMS body now leading a solidarity fight with its Bengal counterparts.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Friday also called for a nationwide strike on June 17, while demanding safe working conditions for doctors. The IMA also launched a three-day pan-India protest, beginning Friday to express solidarity with the junior doctors agitating against the assault of their colleague in Kolkata.

“All non-essential services including OPD will be withdrawn for 24 hours starting 6 a.m. on Monday. The emergency and casualty services, however, will continue to function,” said R.V. Asokan, Secretary General of IMA.

The flareup comes after Banerjee visited SSKM Hospital on Thursday and gave the doctors a four-hour deadline to withdraw their strike and normalise the services at the hospitals. She also threatened to use the Essential Services Maintenance Act and warned of “strong action” if the strikers miss the deadline. In addition, the West Bengal Chief Minister alleged a political conspiracy with the BJP and the CPI-M hand in glove in the protests, and dubbed the agitators “outsiders”, “BJP workers and CPI-M cadre”.