Kolkata, June 13: With the four-hour ultimatum set by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ended on Wednesday, state's protesting doctors have rejected to call off their strike. Instead of calling off the strike, the protesting doctors have alleged that Banerjee is threatening them.
Addressing the press conference after the set deadline ended on Wednesday, Members of Joint Platform of Doctors said, as ANI quotes, "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." This conference was done after the doctors' delegation met the Governor in Kolkata. West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee Sets 4-hour Deadline For Striking Junior Doctors As Health Sector Deteriorates in State
With the junior doctors rejecting Banerjee's ultimatum, now the latter has written a letter to the senior doctors and professors of Medical Colleges and Hospitals. In the letter, she had said, "Please take care of all patients, poor people are coming from all districts. I'll be obliged & honoured if you all please take full care of hospitals. they must run smoothly & peacefully."
Here's the tweet:
West Bengal CM writes to Senior Doctors/Professors of Medical Colleges & Hospitals, states, "Please take care of all patients, poor people are coming from all districts. I'll be obliged & honored if you all please take full care of hospitals. they must run smoothly & peacefully," pic.twitter.com/sSl9JwpDjY
— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2019
Earlier in the noon, the West Bengal Chief Minister - during her visit in the SSKM hospital - had asked the junior doctors to return to their work or vacate their hostel premises. She had said, "The government will not support them in any way. I condemn doctors who have gone on strike. Policemen die in the line of duty but the police don't go on a strike."
Adding more, she had said, "You have to give service to the people. You cannot be a doctor without providing service to the people. Similarly, police cannot call for a strike. It is their duty. It is unfortunate that the BJP and CPI(M) are doing politics here. They are playing Hindu-Muslim card here. Health minister Chandrima Bhattacharya met junior doctors on Wednesday and requested them to speak to me. I was holding the call but they just refused to talk to me over the phone."
However, the junior doctors' representative stated that Banerjee's tone was way too arrogant and it seemed that she doesn’t want a solution. Alleging that the TMC chief, instead of showing sympathy towards the junior doctors, threatened them to vacate hostels.
Earlier, the state-wide protest was triggered after Pariboho Mukherjee, a junior doctor at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, was thrashed by the kin of a patient who alleged that he died because of negligence in NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday.