Kolkata, June 13: The principal and vice-principal of the NRS Medical College & Hospital in Kolkata have tendered their resignations, as the junior doctors across the state have intensified their stir. The agitating body has also called for a medical bandh across West Bengal tomorrow. Junior Doctors on Strike Rejects Mamata Banerjee's Ultimatum.
The resignation of Professor Saibal Kumar Mukherjee and Professor Saurabh Chattopadhyay, the respective principal and vice-principal of NRS Medical College, assumes significance as the stir broke out due to an incident which erupted at the hospital administered by them.
On June 10, two junior doctors were brutally thrashed by family members of a deceased patient. The incident led to a strike from junior doctors across the state, demanding the Trinamool Congress government to enact immediate measures to protect them.
While Banerjee has called for talks, she lashed out at the protesting body for bringing the state's medical apparatus to a halt.
"Hospitals should start working within 4 hrs. Strong action will be taken against those doctors who don't perform their duty. Nothing can be as unfortunate as doctors not working for 4 days, I condemn this," she said.
However, the Joint Platform of Doctors, the body organising the protests, has rejected her ultimatum.
"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," said the statement issued by them.
Senior Trinamool leader and State Health Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya also appealed the doctors to adopt a reconciliatory approach, claiming that four persons have been arrested in the case of assault against the junior doctors. The government, he claimed, is working towards improving security at all medical colleges and hospitals.