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Jun 15, 2019
8:20PM

State govt committed to resuming normal medical services at earliest, says Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that the State Government is committed to resuming normal medical services at the earliest.

She was addressing a press conference at State Secretariat Nabanna this afternoon following a meeting with the senior doctors which failed to bring out any solution to the present stalemate. The Chief Minister made a fresh appeal to the striking doctors to resume their services for the sake of the poor patients. Her doors are open for talks, Mamata added.

Mamata Banerjee said, while there are so many provisions, no negative action has been taken against the protesting doctors so far. She reiterated that several outsiders had joined the agitation. Referring to the incident in Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata as unfortunate, she said that she also had to face humiliation during her visit to Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathy had written to the Chief Minister, urging her to take immediate steps to provide security to the doctors and to take them into confidence about the arrangements of their security as well as quick investigation of the incidents of assault on them in order to generate a suitable atmosphere, enabling the doctors to resume their duties. They had talked over phone as well.

Despite Chief Minister’s appeal for resuming service, the protesting junior doctors are firm on their stands. They would carry on the protest, the agitators clearly stated. 

The striking doctors said that the Chief Minister was not saying the truth as she held that some doctors were eager to join their duties. They were ready for talks but the Chief Minister would have to visit the hospital, as they had demanded, junior doctors, clarified.

Meanwhile, doctors at many hospitals in Delhi protested today in solidarity with their striking colleagues in Kolkata. Doctors at Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, and RML Hospital and Delhi Government's health care facilities such as GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and DDU Hospital boycotted work and held protests.

However, emergency and ICU services were not hampered in these hospitals. Meanwhile, resident doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital resumed work after having boycotted it yesterday.

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