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Interns call off countrywide strike

  • Published at 12:29 pm March 6th, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:13 am March 19th, 2017
Interns call off countrywide strike
Interns at hospitals across Bangladesh have announced that they will call off their indefinite strike after health minister Mohammed Nasim promised to withdraw the suspension of four trainee doctors from Bogra's Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College (SZMC). Thousands of patients have suffered since the strike was called on March 4 after the government suspended the four interns for six months for reportedly assaulting relatives of a patient. Nasim defended the decision to scrap the suspension, which came following a meeting on Monday. "It is my responsibility to look after the public interest," the minister said.
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The four are MA Al Mamun, Ashikuzzaman Ashik, Kutub Uddin and Nurjahan Binte Islam, all activists of the SZMC unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League. Minister Nasim also asked the interns to refrain from repeating such incidents. On February 19, the four intern doctors beat up relatives of a patient, after intern Nurjahan was asked by the patient’s son to turn off a fan. The Health Ministry suspended the internship of the four based on the probe committee's recommendation of March 2.