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West Bengal medicos strike heat reaches Odisha

Indian doctors to widen strike demanding improved safety after attack Doctors' Strike Extends Across India From West Bengal; Check List Of Medical Services Available And Shut Today
Patty Aguilar | 15 June, 2019, 07:38

The agitation has spread to New Delhi and Mumbai, too, where doctors are protesting the lack of security they face.

In Raipur, around 400 junior doctors of Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital staged a protest from 8 am to 2 pm in premises of the medical facility.

He said he had also written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking her to personally intervene in resolving the current impasse and taking steps to provide a secure working environment to the doctors. We also condemn this... The government has now made arrangements to put it back in place, she said. "We are not outsiders and this agitation is spontaneous". He was reportedly seen at a rally holding a placard that read: "You say we are Gods!"

Striking junior doctors across West Bengal are still adamant on continuing their protest till their demands on security in government hospitals are met.

"The gruesome incident in NRS Medical College, Kolkata, is of a barbaric nature", the IMA said in a statement expressing solidarity with the doctors on strike. In Kerala, the doctors affiliated to the Indian Medical Association, Trivandrum held a protest over the violence against doctors in West Bengal. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned them on Thursday, saying police did not strike when one of their colleagues was killed.

Santosh Kumar also narrated his ordeal and said due to strike they are forced to take treatment for his mother from a private hospital and being a poor he can not afford it. Vardhan has assured the doctors that he will look into their demands.

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Doctors under the banner of the Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) held out marches in the AIIMS campus, with many wearing bandages on their foreheads.

Around 1,600 resident doctors of Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital will also go on strike.

"The ongoing and worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal is worrisome and disheartening". The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has directed the members of all its state branches to stage protests and wear black badges on Friday.

Despite the cease work strike, the emergency services at the State's premier health institute has remained unaffected.

Kolkata Mayor and West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim's daughter, a doctor, has come up with strong criticism of chief minister Mamata Banerjee's handling of the onging doctors' strike and said medicos have the right to "peaceful protest" and "safety at work".

Protests by doctors intensified across the country in solidarity with their agitating colleagues in West Bengal who are on a stir ever since an assault on junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital by the relatives of a patient who died on Monday night. Except for emergency services, there will be a full shutdown of all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits, the AIIMS association said.

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