Junior doctors of four hospitals in Kolkata called off their four-day strike on Tuesday after getting assurances by the police that necessary steps will be taken to beef up security on the hospital campus.
"We decided to call off the strike after we were assured by the police that security inside the hospital campus will be increased adequately," said Gourango Pramanik, a junior doctor and convenor of the Junior Doctors Union at Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial (SSKM) Hospital.
The junior doctors went on strike on Saturday after being assaulted by the relatives of a patient for negligence in treatment. The striking doctors later assaulted reporters at the hospital campus, accusing them of biased reporting. Following the incident, five doctors were arrested but later released on bail.
A meeting of the representatives of junior doctors was held with the officials of Kolkata Police on Tuesday, following which doctors at SSKM called off the strike.
The junior doctors of Calcutta National Medical College (CNMC), Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital also followed suit.