Kolkata, June 13: With the health sector of the state deteriorating after senior government doctors went on a strike on Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave a four-hour deadline for junior doctors on strike to get back to work. The strike by junior doctors of NRS Medical College and Hospital entered second day on Wednesday.
The West Bengal CM also visited the state-run SSKM hospital in Kolkata where she asked the agitating junior doctors, in turn, to return to work. The doctors raised 'we want justice' slogans at Banerjee. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Unveils Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s Statue at Kolkata College Month After Vandalism
Earlier on Monday, the junior doctors of NRS went on strike on Tuesday after one of their colleagues was allegedly attacked by the family of a patient who died on June 10. The patient party and the patients had alleged that they were not allowed to enter the hospital and were suffering due to lack of treatment.
Making the scene scarier, the junior doctors locked the hospital gates, stopped work at the outpatient department (OPD) and started a dharna in protest against the attack. Though it was forced open later, but currently no treatment is taking place.
Acting on the complaints, the state health minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said four persons have been arrested in connection with the case. Also, the police informed that emergency services are open now. Meanwhile, representatives of the government are talking with the agitating doctors.
The statewide protest was triggered after a junior doctor at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata was beaten up on Monday night. The attack was done by the family members of a patient who have alleged that he died because of negligence. In the attack, the doctor suffered a head injury and is in critical care at a private hospital.