New Delhi: Junior doctors of NRS hospital, Kolkata called off their week-long strike after meeting with chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday. The doctors will reportedly resume their duty from 6:30 AM, Tuesday.
“We withdraw our strike after our meeting with the Chief Minister. The meeting has been positive and fruitful. We appeal all junior doctors across Bengal to resume work as soon as possible. We have decided to give time to the state government to implement our proposals raised in the meeting,” a representative of the striking doctors said at the state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital.
‘It is our victory,’ said an intern, who had been shouting ‘We want justice’ through the seven days. A female intern stated, “We heard our Chief Minister speak and I have full faith in her. Now we hope our worries will end.”
Notably, medicos both senior and junior across West Bengal had stopped working from past a week to protest against the brutal attack on two junior doctors by the family members of a dead patient in the NRS Medical College and Hospital. Over 300 doctors across various state-run medical college and hospitals in West Bengal had resigned from their services.
West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has welcomed the resolution of crisis caused by the state-wide strike of doctors.
“The Governor is happy that an amicable settlement has been arrived at at the meeting held today (Monday) between the Chief Minister and doctors. He appreciates the initiative taken by the Chief Minister and also the junior doctors to resolve the impasse,” a press release issued by the Raj Bhavan said.
Tripathi hoped that the doctors would take up the work of care and treatment of the patients as per the high ideals of their noble profession and also that the state government would take all the steps committed in the meeting expeditiously.
One-and-a-half-hour Meeting Between Mamata And Doctors
Earlier in the day, Mamata met the representatives of the protesting doctors at the state secretariat Nabanna, where issues related to doctors’ security, hospital infrastructure and patient-doctor relationship were discussed at length.
During the one-and-a-half-hour long meeting, Mamata suggested a 10-point security measures for safety of doctors and directed Kolkata Police commissioner Anuj Sharma to deploy a nodal police officer in every hospital. Besides. she also accepted the proposal of doctors to set up Grievance Redressal Cell in government hospitals.
The chief minister assured that there wouldn’t be any false cases against the doctors. Furthermore, she said the state government has taken adequate measures and arrested five people involved in NRS incident.
Meanwhile, the medicos present at the meet asserted that they have full faith in the state administration. They added that they are working under tremendous fear due to which they had called the strike.
The representatives of the joint forum of junior doctors also sought exemplary punishment for those involved in assault on doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital on June 11. They also urged CM Mamata to visit the injured doctors who are undergoing treatment.
The meeting, slated to originally at 3 PM was delayed for some time as the government conceded the young medicos’ demand for live media coverage of the meeting at the last moment. Besides 31 junior doctors, West Bengal health secretary, MoS Chandrima Bhattacharya and other state officials were present in the meeting.