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West Bengal doctors agree to call off strike after meeting with CM

  • Published at 03:23 pm June 17th, 2019
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Indian students and doctors of Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) hold posters as they stage a silent protest during the nationwide strike held after the recent assault in Kolkata on an intern doctor, in Guwahati, Assam on June 17, 2019 AFP

A 31-member team of junior doctors from all the state-run medical colleges in West Bengal held a meeting with Mamata and senior state government officials at the secretariat Nabanna on Monday afternoon. The assurance to call off the strike came at the meeting

Striking doctors in West Bengal on Monday agreed to withdraw their week-long stir after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced steps to scale up security at hospitals, Indian media report.

A 31-member team of junior doctors from all the state-run medical colleges in West Bengal held a meeting with Mamata and senior state government officials at the secretariat Nabanna on Monday afternoon. The assurance to call off the strike came at the meeting.

"We are satisfied with the meeting," a representative of the doctors said, assuring Banerjee that the strike is going to be called off.

A formal announcement on withdrawal of the strike is likely to be made from the epicentre of the protest, the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

Mamata termed the meeting with the striking junior doctors as "positive and productive" while the doctors said they were looking forward to withdraw the ongoing agitation following discussions with their colleagues at the NRS Hospital.

Listening to the demands and grievances of the doctors, Mamata urged senior police officers present at the meeting to take stringent action against attacks on doctors.

She also asked the officers to appoint nodal officers at the hospitals in the state for the doctors' security.

The protests broke out on June 11 after a mob attacked two interns at Kolkata’s NRS Medical College and Hospital, following the death of a patient. 

On Monday, thousands of doctors across the country joined a nationwide strike called by the Indian Medical Association in solidarity with doctors in West Bengal. All non-essential services, including outpatient departments, remained closed at many hospitals from 6am.