IMA to Hold 24-Hour Nationwide Strike on Monday
As doctors in Kolkata continue to protest, other cities have also taken up calls to boycott work and hold protests as a sign of solidarity with their colleagues. 
As doctors in Kolkata continue to protest, other cities have also taken up calls to boycott work and hold protests as a sign of solidarity with their colleagues. (Photo: The Quint)

IMA to Hold 24-Hour Nationwide Strike on Monday

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Junior doctors from NRS Medical Colelge have agreed to meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in the presence of media.The Indian Medical Association (IMA) will hold a 24-hour nationwide strike on Monday, the medical practitioners’ body confirmed, speaking to The Quint.

Meanwhile, as the protests continue in West Bengal and across the nation, health ministry sources said that over 300 doctors have resigned till now from across West Bengal.

Members of AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday, 14 June. Vardhan has assured the doctors that he will look into their demands.

Doctors in major cities across the country – Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad – on Friday, protested and boycotted work in a show of solidarity with their protesting colleagues in Kolkata.

On Thursday, Professor Saibal Kumar Mukherjee and Professor Saurabh Chattopadhyay resigned as the Principal and Medical Superintendent/vice principal, respectively, of NRS Medical College and Hospital.

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  • A deadly assault on junior doctors in Kolkata’s NRS Medical College and Hospital had triggered the backlash
  • Mukhopadhyay, one of the injured interns, wound up with a fractured skull and is currently in coma, while Tekhwani, the other, is admitted in the ICU
  • Heavy force has been deployed at the NRS and SSKM Hospitals
  • Despite the CM’s warning, the protesters were seen continuing with their agitation at the SSKM hospital
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Emergency Wards, Pathological Units Remain Closed

Emergency wards, outdoor facilities, pathological units of most of the state-run medical college hospitals and a number of private medical facilities in the state remained closed.

However, services in the indoor patient department were not affected, sources said.

Looking to Resolve Issue Quickly: WBMC President

West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) President and TMC MLA Nirmal Maji told PTI that officials were trying to persuade the doctors to resume working.

“The chief minister has sent MoS Health Chandrima Bhattacharya, Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, myself and other senior officials to talk to them. We are looking into their demand and hopefully, the matter will be solved quickly,” Maji said.

Students Allege Negligence by Police, Demand Govt Intervention

The protesting medical students are alleging negligence by the police and are demanding intervention by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“75-year-old Mohammed Shahid succumbed to critical chronic heart ailments, after which the patient's family started hurling abuses and even manhandled an on-duty intern. They falsely accused the doctors and created a ruckus in the medicine ward in front of hundreds of patients,” Wasim Akram, a student doctor at NRSMCH, who had been present at the site of the incident, told The Quint.

“The police remained deaf and mute. They even lathi-charged the interns who were protesting. More than 20 students were injured,” Abhishek Layek, a final year student at NRSMCH told The Quint.

The doctors are currently demanding government intervention. “We want Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to give us justice and support. It is impossible to work in the current situation”, Dr Sayan Santra, a PG student of Calcutta Medical College told The Quint.

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Rounds of Meeting With the Government Prove Futile

Senior state ministers including Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya, had held several rounds of meeting with the agitating doctors on Tuesday but failed to persuade them to resume work.

"We are trying to persuade them to resume work as quickly as possible. This agitation is causing much problem to the patients in Kolkata and the entire state," a senior health department official said.

Dept of Health and Family Welfare Appeal to Doctors to Resume Work

On Wednesday night, the department of health and family welfare issued a statement appealing to the protesting junior doctors to "immediately withdraw the agitation and restore normalcy in the essential service to the citizens at the earliest".

The statement said the chief minister has been "personally monitoring the entire situation and issuing instructions to the officials concerned for taking action from time to time".

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Condition of Injured Doctor Stable

The condition of injured junior doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhaya was stated to be stable.

"Mukhopadhaya is recuperating. He has taken food by himself. He is still at the ITU. Hopefully we will be able to shift him to the general ward tomorrow," Neuro surgeon Dr Partha Ghosh, who is attending to him, told PTI.

He suffered a depressed fracture in the right frontal lobe of the skull during the clash with the kin of the deceased.

Protests Get Violent in Burdwan Medical College

Amid reports of protests by doctors in West Bengal, violence rocked Burdwan Medical College after a mob reportedly entered the college. The mob allegedly started pelting stones at students, and even targeted hostels occupied by the doctors.

However, Dr Utpal Dan, Medical Superintendent cum Vice-Principal at the college dismissed the allegations and said, “The reports of stone-pelting at doctors and throwing of acid on doctors in the hostel are false and should not be believed.”

He added that an altercation occurred on Tuesday, 11 June, night after junior doctors at the hospital had decided to block patient access to emergency medical services.

Also Read : After NRS Hospital, Now Reports of Violence From Burdwan Hospital

IMA, DMA Express Solidarity, Call on PM Modi

In the wake of a reported assault on doctors at a hospital in Kolkata, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has directed the members of all its state branches to stage protests and wear black badges on Friday.

In a communique to all its state presidents and secretaries, the IMA has asked them to organise demonstrations in front of the district collectors' offices from 10 am to 12 noon on Friday and hand over a memorandum addressed to the prime minister to the collectors in every district.

The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has also urged its members to observe a "Black Day" against the brutal attack on Thursday.

"The state branches are expected to release a press statement on Friday expressing solidarity with the resident doctors and condemning the violence. The statement also should emphatically demand a central Act on violence against doctors and hospitals," the communique said.

Simultaneously, all the local branches and individual members of the IMA will send an appeal to the prime minister and the Union home minister, demanding a central Act on violence against doctors and hospitals.

Congress MP Writes to PM Modi, Requests Intervention

Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to solve the impasse over healthcare services being disrupted in West Bengal after junior doctors went on strike over assault on an intern after the death of a patient.

"I am drawing your attention to the grave situation prevailing in West Bengal where doctors of all medical colleges, hospitals are on strike in the wake of brutal assault on junior doctors at NRS Hospital in Kolkata ... You are requested to intervene as early as possible," the senior Congress leader said in a letter to Modi on Wednesday.

CM Mamata Banerjee Criticised For Not Visiting Injured Doctor

The protesting doctors at NRS and other medical colleges and hospitals have repeatedly stressed on one of their core demands, that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visit the injured Dr. Paribaha Mukhopadhyay. Her decision to instead attend and tweet about the felicitation of 2019 board toppers yesterday is drawing widespread criticism from the medical community.

Violence at Boys' Hostel at Calcutta Medical College

Arson at a boys' hostel in Calcutta National Medical College last night in retaliation to protesting doctors who have suspended work.

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WB Doctors’ Protest: CM Mamata Reaches SSKM Hospital to Take Stock

Agitating junior doctors at state-run SSKM hospital raised 'we want justice' slogans after CM Mamata Banerjee reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

Resume Work in 4 Hours or Face Action: Mamata to Agitating Doctors

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday, 13 June, directed agitating doctors in the state-run SSKM hospital to resume work within four hours. She threatened to take action if her order is not followed.

Alleging that outsiders have been disrupting services at medical colleges and hospitals, she asked the police to ensure only patients get to stay at the hospital premises.

She added, “Agitation of junior doctors is a conspiracy of BJP and CPI(M).”

IMA Calls For Nationwide Protests on 14 June

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for nation-wide protests (not strike) on Friday, 14 June. Doctors who are part of IMA will go to DMs, collectors etc and create a memorandum for PM Modi, seeking protection of doctors.

Protesting Doctors Ask Mamata Banerjee to Step Down as CM

After Mamata Banerjee gave an ultimatum to the protesting junior doctors, the doctors at NRS hospital called for her resignation as the West Bengal CM.

AIIMS Doctors Protest Against WB Violence, Wear Helmets, Bandages at Work

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The Members of Resident Doctors' Association of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) protested against the attack on doctors in West Bengal, wearing helmets and bandages during work.

Calcutta Medical College To Not Reopen Emergency Services Till NRS Does

Protesting doctors at the Calcutta Medical College announced that they will not reopen the Emergency services till NRS Medical College does.

Currently, emergency services remained closed on Day 3 of the protests in all prominent government hospitals in Kolkata.

Doctors' Body Meets WB Governor; Demands Security, Action

The members of Joint Platform of Doctors of West Bengal met the state’s Governor on Thursday with their demands on the issue.

"We demand adequate security in every medical college and hospital and proper action against those who attacked doctors in NRS Hospital on June 10. We will resume working as soon as our demands are fulfilled," the body said, speaking to the media.

IMA Calls for Nationwide Protest on Friday

The Indian Medical Association has called for a nationwide protest on Friday. The body has urged all medical professionals to wear black bands and state units to hold demonstrations.

The IMA has also demanded to increase the presence of CCTV cameras in hospitals and appealed to the Central government to pass a law to protect medical professionals from attacks.

Police Meets NRS Medical Superintendent

A large number of police personnel have been deployed at the NRS Medical College. The police is currently meeting the medical superintendent of NRS.

Protest Intensifies at NRS Hospital

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The protest at NRS Hospital intensified after police closed the emergency gate of the hospital after Trinamool Congress supporters arrived there and tried to force the doctors to start working.

Mamata Appeals to Withdraw Strike

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a Facebook post, appealed the protesting doctors ' to restore normal healthcare services'.

She also said that the state government has taken 'necessary actions' and giving 'full co-operation'

AIIMS Doctors to Boycott Work on Friday

Healthcare services at private and government hospitals in the national capital are likely to be affected on Friday with scores of doctors deciding to boycott work for a day to express solidarity with their protesting colleagues in Kolkata.

There will be a complete shutdown of all out patient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits, except emergency services in the hospitals, several medical bodies of the city have said.

Resident doctors at the AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi worked with bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest on Thursday and called for suspension of all non-emergency services, including OPD, on 14 June to protest against the violence in Kolkata.

Several resident doctors also held a protest at Jantar Mantar against the brutal attack.

Principal, Vice Principal of NRS Medical College Resign

Professor Saibal Kumar Mukherjee and Professor Saurabh Chattopadhyay resign as the Principal and Medical Superintendent/vice principal of NRS Medical College and Hospital.

There resignations are however, yet to be accepted.

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To Show Solidarity, Nearly 4500 Doctors in Maharashtra to Boycott Work on Friday

Around 4,500 resident doctors in Maharashtra will stay away from work on Friday, 14 June, in solidarity with doctors protesting across the country against the assault on two medicos from NRS College in Kolkata by the kin of a patient, reported The Times of India.

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) said junior doctors across government hospitals in the state would not perform surgeries or work in out-patient departments (OPDs) between 8 am and 5 pm.

AIIMS RDA's Statement on Boycotting Work on Friday

The AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association has issued a statement, saying that they will boycott work in a pan-India strike to protest against the incident in Bengal.

“We have also decided to boycott work and observe ‘black day’ today to protest against the assault on doctors in West Bengal. It will be a pan-India strike and only emergency services will remain functional,” the statement read.

Doctors in Mumbai's Sion Hospital to Hold Silent Protest on Friday

Prashant Choudhary, President of MARD, Sion Hospital, Mumbai said that doctors of the hospital were holding a silent protest against the attack and the breakdown of law and order thereafter.

“A mob assaulted doctors on duty at a hospital in West Bengal, when a targeted attack like this happens it becomes a law and order issue. Today, we are doing a silent protest over the incident,” Choudhary said.

Patients in Delhi Face Difficulties as Doctors Go on Strike

Patients in Delhi are facing difficulties as Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of AIIMS is on strike on Friday over the violence against doctors in West Bengal. The relative of a patient said, "My mother's dialysis was scheduled for today, but we were told to go and get it done from somewhere else."

Doctors at North Bengal Medical College in Siliguri on Strike

Doctors at North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri are observing a strike over the violence against doctors at NRS Medical College & Hospital.

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Doctors in Hyderabad Hold Protest March

Doctors at Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad are holding a protest march over the violence against doctors at West Bengal's NRS Medical College & Hospital.

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Students of NRS Medical College & Hospital Hold Sit-in

Students of NRS Medical College & Hospital are sitting on a protest over the violence against doctors.

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Resident Doctors, Students of Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad Stage Protest

Resident doctors and students of Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad are staging a protest in solidarity with their colleagues in West Bengal, The Hindu reported.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Doctors' Protests in West Bengal

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has reacted to the doctors protests in Bengal, making two appeals.

Speaking to Times Now, he said that the West Bengal government should ensure that all those culprits who were responsible for the brutal beating up of the doctors should be punished. He also appealed to the doctors, saying that while they raise their voice in protest, they do not disturb the health services in any form.

“I appeal to West Bengal CM to not make this an issue of prestige. She gave the doctors an ultimatum, as a result they got angry and went on strike. Today, I will write to Mamata Banerjee ji and will also try to speak to her on this issue,” he told ANI.

Doctors at Delhi's AIIMS Prepare for Strike

Doctors at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are preparing to observe a strike over the violence against doctors in West Bengal.

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RDA Safdarjung Hospital Holds Protest

Resident Doctors' Association, Safdarjung Hospital held a protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal.

Doctors Protest in Nagpur

Doctors with 'Save the Saviour' & 'Stand with NRSMCH' posters at Government Medical College are holding a protest in Nagpur over the violence against doctors in West Bengal.

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Resident Doctors at Raipur Hospital Raise Slogans, Protest

Resident Doctors at Raipur's Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital are raising slogans of 'We Want Justice' as they protest violence against doctors in West Bengal.

Delegation of Doctors From AIIMS, Other Hospitals to Meet Dr Harsh Vardhan

A delegation of doctors from AIIMS and other hospitals will meet union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, reported NDTV.

Doctors at Jaipuria Hospital Wear Black Bands in Protest

Doctors at Jaipuria hospital, Jaipur on Friday carried out their duties wearing black bands as a mark of protest.

Members of IMA, Trivandrum Hold Protest

Members of Indian Medical Association, Trivandrum hold a protest.

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RDA AIIMS Meets Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

A group of doctors met Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and apprised him of the demands of the medical fraternity to ensure safety and security of doctors in the face of any violence in hospital premises. Vardhan has assured the doctors that he will look into their demands.

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Doctors From Kolkata's RG Kar Hospital Tender Resignation

Sixteen doctors from RG Kar hospital in Kolkata have tendered their resignation stating, "In response to prevailing situation as we are unable to provide service, we would like to resign from our duty," reported ANI.

Doctors Hold Protest in Bengaluru

Doctors are holding a protest in Bengaluru over violence against doctors in West Bengal.

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Two Doctors of North Bengal Medical College & Hospital, Darjeeling Resign

Two doctors of North Bengal Medical College & Hospital, Darjeeling have also resigned over the violence against doctors in the state, reported ANI.

Medicos in Odisha Extend Support to Doctors in Kolkata

Medicos in Odisha have extended support to the agitating doctors in Kolkata joining the nationwide hospitals' stir in solidarity.

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Members of AIIMS RDA Work Wearing Helmets

Members of Resident Doctors' Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) continue to work wearing helmets, as a mark of protest against "worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal."

Mamata Banerjee's Nephew Part of Doctors' Protests

In an embarrassment to the TMC chief, Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abesh Banerjee has joined the doctors' protest at KPC Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

Abesh is a student at KPC.

27 Doctors of North Bengal Medical College & Hospital, Darjeeling Resign

A total of 27 doctors of North Bengal Medical College & Hospital, Darjeeling, have resigned over violence against doctors in the state.

Calcutta HC Refuses to Pass Interim Order on Strike by Junior Doctors in State-run Hospitals

The Calcutta High Court has refused to pass an interim order on the strike by junior doctors in state-run hospitals. Instead, it has asked the West Bengal government to persuade them to rejoin work.

The HC also sought details of what steps had been taken by the West Bengal government to ensure security of the doctors and on the doctors' strike, by next Friday. The next hearing will take place next week.

Over 170 Doctors Resign Across West Bengal: Health Ministry Sources

According to health ministry sources, over 170 doctors have resigned till now from across West Bengal.

Mukul Roy, BJP Delegation to Meet Bengal Governor Today

Mukul Roy and BJP delegation will be meeting the Bengal governor, Keshari Nath Tripathi at 5 pm on Friday. Senior BJP leaders have alleged that Mamata Banerjee has been hesitant to address the doctors’ concerns in this particular case because the 75-year-old patient, whose death sparked off the violence in NRS on Monday, was a Muslim.

BJP leader Mukul Roy alleged on Thursday, “People of a particular community carried the attack. They belong to Trinamool and the ruling party patronised the attackers.”

State Education Minister Appeals to Junior Doctors to Withdraw Strike

Senior TMC leader and West Bengal Education minister Partha Chatterjee appealed to striking junior doctors to "keep aside" misunderstandings and withdraw their agitation, which entered its fourth day on Friday.

In a Facebook post, Chatterjee, the TMC secretary general said all their grievances can be solved through discussions with the government.

“I would like to appeal to my young friends to keep aside misunderstandings and join back at work. We should not lose faith on masses. I too have been involved in student politics and now after being appointed in a position, still believe that all of us should work towards serving the masses.”

"Just like you need security, patients also need treatment. I would appeal to all of you to think over it," he said.

Filmmaker Aparna Sen Meets Protesting Doctors, Appeals to Mamata to Speak to Them

Filmmaker Aparna Sen met protesting doctors at Kolkata's NRS College & Hospital on Friday.

"I'd like to request CM to come here and talk to the doctors. If you felt bad due to someone’s behavior, please forgive them. Do you think it'll be good for Bengal if they will leave our state,” she asked,

We Will be Forced to Resign: Docs of 17 Departments of NRS

Faculty members of as many as 17 departments of NRS Medical College hac written to the Director of Medical Education of West Bengal saying that they will be forced to resign if hospital services are started in the absence of junior doctors as it will lead to 'acute shortage of manpower'.

Medicine Dept of Calcutta Medical College Resigns

The entire medicine department of Calcutta Medical College has tendered resignation. More than 100 doctors have reportedly resigned so far.

IMA Calls for Nationwide Strike on Monday

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a nationwide strike of doctors on Monday. The strike will be apart of IMA’s three-day nationwide protest which started on Friday.The IMA also called for an "nationwide withdrawal of non-essential services in all health care institutions" on Monday.

All non-essential services including OPDs will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am, while emergency and casualty services will continue to function.

Protestors Set Six Conditions for Withdrawing Stir

Agitating doctors in West Bengal seek unconditional apology of CM Mamata Banerjee and set six conditions for withdrawing stir, reports news agency PTI.

Several SSKM Doctors Reportedly Resign

Reports suggest that more than 170 doctors of SSKM hospital have resigned so far. Earlier, 80 doctors of RG Kar hospital had resigned.

Harsh Vardhan Urges Mamata to Intervene

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has written to West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee asking her to intervene in the matter and provide a secure working environment for doctors in the state.

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Several Doctors of NRS Hospital Resign

After RG Kar and SSKM Hospitals, several doctors of NRS Hospital and Medical College have now tendered their resignations.

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WB Governor Meets Injured Doctor

West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi, on Friday, met Paribaha Mukherjee, junior doctor in NRS Medical College, whose assault, along with Yash Tekhwani sparked the protests,

Mamata's Nephew, Kolkata Mayor's Daughter Join Doctors' Protest

Nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and children of two top Trinamool Congress leaders are among the doctors agitating in West Bengal over the assault on their colleagues.

Abesh Banerjee, son of the TMC supremo's brother Kartick Banerjee, is a doctor at KPC Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

With a poster in hand, he was seen at the protest in his college on Thursday and Friday.

Kolkata Mayor and state urban development minister Firhad Hakim's daughter Shabba, also a doctor, had on Thursday criticised the state government on social media for its alleged inaction in the matter.

"As a TMC supporter I am deeply ashamed at the inaction and the silence of our leader," Shabba Hakim posted on Facebook.

BJP Team Meets Governor, Seeks His Intervention to Resolve Crisis

The BJP demanded immediate resignation of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from her Home and Health portfolios and sought the intervention of Governor KN Tripathi to resolve the impasse in the state's health sector which continued for the fourth day on Friday, PTI reported.

"The governor should talk to the chief minister immediately and exercise his power as constitutional head of the state to resolve the impasse and restore peace," senior BJP leader Mukul Roy told reporters after meeting with Tripathi at Raj Bhavan in the evening.

Roy, who headed the BJP delegation to the governor, said the TMC has unleashed a "reign of terror" in the state, which has resulted in restlessness in all walks of life.

"The chief minister should leave her ego and arrogance and resolve the stalemate immediately in the interest of the people. Please don't complicate the situation further," Roy reportedly said.

Tried to Contact Mamata, Got No Response, Says Governor

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday, 14 June, said he called up Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss the issue of junior doctors' strike but got no response from her.

"I have tried to contact the chief minister. I have called her up. Till this moment there is no response from her. If she calls me, we will discuss the matter," he told reporters after visiting an injured doctor at the hospital.

Mamata Invites Agitating Doctors for Meeting, Medicos Refuse

CM Mamata Banerjee on Friday, 14 June, invited agitating doctors for meeting at state secretariat to resolve impasse, but medicos refused, news agency PTI reported.

'Ego Fight For CM, Fight For Survival For Us': Junior Doctors At NRS

After refusing to meet the Chief Minister, junior doctors of NRS, in a statement to the press, termed the issue an ‘ego fight’ for the Chief Minister.

“This has become an ego fight for the CM but for us it's a fight for survival. We wanted her to meet the assaulted doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhyay. It wasn’t a spontaneous attack, it was a planned attack”, said a representative of the doctors.

“CM invited us for a closed door meeting at Nabanna. The entire state is with us, how can we attend a closed door meeting? We're open to end this stalemate. If a meeting is to be held, we'll discuss venue in general body meeting to be held tonight. The Chief Minister compared our job with that of Police. We respect the Police but they are trained and armed to tackle attacks. We are not trained. Our occupational hazard is, being affected by Hepatitis and HIV while treating patients, but we never complained or sat on a dharna for this. This (attack on doctor) can't be termed as an occupational hazard”, he added.

As Strike Enters 6th Day, Venue for Talks With CM Yet to Be Decided

The impasse at the state-run medical colleges and hospitals in West Bengal entered the sixth day on Sunday, even as the agitating doctors asserted that they were open to talks with the government, the venue for which would be decided by a governing body of medical practitioners.

Earlier, the agitators had insisted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visit the city's NRS Medical College and Hospital, the epicentre of the agitation.

After an internal meeting late on Saturday, the doctors, who had turned down an invite for a closed-door meeting with Banerjee at the state secretariat, mellowed down and stated that they were ready to hold a dialogue in any form, but the venue of the meeting would be decided later.

"We will be deciding on our next step during a governing body meeting today. We are open to any dialogue as always. The venue for the meeting will be decided soon," a spokesperson of a joint forum of junior doctors told reporters here.

(With inputs from PTI)

KEY EVENT

IMA to Hold 24-Hour Nationwide Strike on Monday

IMA to hold 24-hour strike on Monday. All Non-Essential Services including Outpatient Departments(OPD) will be closed from 6 am tomorrow. Members of the IMA will also stage a dharna at IMA headquarters in Delhi starting 10 am tomorrow.

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Junior Doctors Agree to Meet With West Bengal CM

Junior doctors agree to meeting with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, say it should be open for media coverage.

“We want an immediate end to this impasse by discussion with the CM, which, to maintain transparency, shouldn't be behind closed doors, but open to media under camera coverage,” the doctors said to ANI.

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