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Doctors Strike Highlights: We accept all demands, no stringent action will be taken, says Mamata

Doctors Strike Highlights: Between Thursday and Friday afternoon, as many as 642 doctors - professors, associate professors, assistant professors and medical officers - have written to the authorities.

By HT Correspondent | Jun 16, 2019 06:53 IST
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Defying warnings of punitive action by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, the stir by junior doctors in West Bengal continued for the fourth consecutive day on Friday with hundreds of doctors in state-run hospitals writing to the authorities saying they would “like to resign” from their services.

Between Thursday and Friday afternoon, as many as 642 doctors - professors, associate professors, assistant professors and medical officers - have written to the authorities.

Follow highlights here:

06:36 pm IST

Don’t want to invoke Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) Act in the state, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM, Mamata: I do not want to invoke Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) Act in the state. I want the junior doctors to resume work as we have accepted all their demands, reports news agency ANI.

06:32 pm IST

Not going to take any stringent action: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee says, we never arrested a single person. We will not take any police action. Health services cannot continue like this. I am not going to take any stringent action. Let good sense prevail, reports news agency ANI.

06:28 pm IST

Mamata Banerjee: We’ve accepted all their demands

West Bengal CM: We’ve accepted all their demands. I had sent my ministers, principal secretary to meet the doctors, waited for 5 hours to meet doctors delegations yesterday & today, but they did not come. You have to give respect to the constitutional body, reports news agency ANI.

06:23 pm IST

Mamata appeals to all doctors to resume work

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: I appeal to all doctors to resume work as thousands of people are awaiting medical treatment, reports news agency ANI.

06:16 pm IST

Mamata: Govt committed towards resuming normal medical services at the soonest

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata: State government is committed towards resuming normal medical services at the soonest. The incident on 10th June was unfortunate. We had continuously tried to reach a solution, reports news agency ANI.

03:39 pm IST

Health Minister asks to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors

In his letter, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asks Chief Ministers to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors, medical professionals, reports news agency PTI.

03:32 pm IST

Harsh Vardhan calls for strict action against any person who assaults doctors

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan writes to all Chief Ministers, calls for strict action against any person who assaults doctors,reports news agency PTI.

3:07 pm IST

Mamata Banerjee to visit injured doctor, strikers to boycott meet with CM

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to visit private hospital Saturday afternoon to see a young doctor who is recuperating after an attack at the NRS hospital which sparked a widespread strike by junior doctors which began on Tuesday.

3:02 pm IST

MHA sought report on the ongoing strike from West Bengal government

Sources: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued another advisory to West Bengal state government on the ongoing strike by doctors and sought a report on the matter urgently, reports news agency ANI.

3:01 pm IST

MHA pointed out growing number of incidents of election-related casualties

MHA Sources: Pointing out the growing number of incidents of election related and political violence and casualties over 4 years from 2016 to 2019,Ministry of Home Affairs in an advisory issued to state government said,”unabated violence over the years is evidently a matter of deep concern,” reports news agency ANI.

2:58 pm IST

Centre has sought report from West Bengal government on measures taken to contain political violence

MHA Sources: Centre has sought a report from West Bengal government on measures taken to contain political violence and investigate such incidents of violence to bring culprits to book, reports news agency ANI.

2:57 pm IST

Doctors at Northern Railway Central Hospital observe strike

Delhi: Doctors at the Northern Railway Central Hospital observe strike over violence against doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, West Bengal.

 

2:51 pm IST

WBCPCR urges doctors to end strike, claims children dying due to lack of treatment

The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) on Saturday urged the agitating doctors of the state to call off their strike because children are dying for lack of timely critical medical services, reports news agency ANI.

1:26 pm IST

More Delhi doctors join hands to protest as Bengal stir enters Day 5

Scores of doctors from several government hospitals here, who could not join a nationwide stir on June 14, Saturday protested in solidarity with their striking colleagues in Kolkata.

Doctors at the Centre-run Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital and RML Hospital, and Delhi government facilities such as Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and DDU Hospital, boycotted work and held protests.

1:21 pm IST

Resident doctor at AIIMS, Delhi continues with symbolic protest

Delhi: Resident doctor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences continues with symbolic protest by wearing helmet.

12:20 pm IST

We condemn the incident of violence against doctors in West Bengal: Medical Superintendent, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital

VK Tiwari, Medical Superintendent, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi: Resident doctors are on strike today. They have suspended work only in OPD and wards, Emergency services are running normally. We condemn the incident of violence against doctors in West Bengal.

 

12:03 pm IST

Doctors at many hospitals in Delhi protest on Saturday over West Bengal violence

Scores of doctors from several government hospitals here, who could not join a nationwide stir on June 14, Saturday protested in solidarity with their striking colleagues in Kolkata.

Doctors at the Centre-run Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital and RML Hospital, and Delhi government facilities such as Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and DDU Hospital, boycotted work and held protests, reports news agency PTI.

11:28 am IST

Junior doctors of NRS medical and hospital continue their strike

Kolkata: Junior doctors of NRS Medical and Hospital continue their strike for the fifth day over violence against doctors.

 

11:00 am IST

Bengal junior doctors seek unconditional apology from Mamata Banerjee

The junior doctors, who are protesting against the assault on two of their colleagues at NRS Medical College and Hospital, had on Friday sought unconditional apology from Mamata Banerjee and set six conditions for the state government in order to withdraw their stir, reports news agency PTI.

10:36 am IST

If condition worsens we will go on indefinite strike from June 17: Junior doctors’ association president, AIIMS

Amrinder Singh Malhi, President, RDA (Resident Doctors’ Association), AIIMS: All resident doctors are back to work but we will continue with symbolic protest by wearing black badges, bandages and helmets. If condition worsens we will go on indefinite strike from June 17.

 

10:24 am IST

IMA delegation meets Harsh Vardhan over ongoing strike

Delhi: Indian Medical Association (IMA) delegation meets Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan over the ongoing strike of doctors in West Bengal.

 

10:23 am IST

Striking junior doctors say they won’t attend meeting called by Mamata Banerjee at state secretariat on Saturday evening

Striking junior doctors say they won’t attend meeting called by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at state secretariat on Saturday evening, news agency PTI.

10:08 am IST

Calcutta High Court seeks details of steps taken by govt on doctors’ strike

A PIL has been filed in Calcutta High Court by Kunal Saha of People for Better Treatment, seeking that the doctors’ strike in the state be declared illegal. The HC has sought details of what steps had been taken by West Bengal on attack on doctors and the doctors’ strike, by next Friday. Next hearing to take place next week. : ANI

9:47 am IST

Calcutta High Court refuses to pass interim order on strike

Calcutta high court has refused to pass interim order on strike by junior doctors in state-run hospitals, and has asked West Bengal government to persuade them to rejoin work, reported news agency PTI.

9:12 am IST

Mamata Banerjee yesterday invited agitating doctors for meeting

Mamata Banerjee yesterday invited agitating doctors for meeting at state secretariat to resolve impasse, medicos refusd, reports news agency PTI.

9:01 am IST

At least 100 doctors in government hospitals in Bengal want to resign

As many as 100 doctors in state-run hospitals across West Bengal have written to the authorities expressing their desire to resign from the services. Between Thursday and Friday afternoon as many as 92 doctors -- professors, associate professors, assistant professors and medical officers -- wrote to the authorities expressing their desire to step down.

8:30 am IST

Resident Doctors Association, AIIMS issue ultimatum to West Bengal government

Resident Doctors Association, AIIMS: We issue an ultimatum of 48 hours to West Bengal government to meet demands of the striking doctors there, failing which we would be forced to resort to indefinite strike at AIIMS, reports news agency ANI.