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Doctor’s strike: Medical services hit across India

New Delhi (India), June 14 : Healthcare services across India are affected on Friday as doctors across the country decided to boycott work for a day to express solidarity with their protesting colleagues in West Bengal.

The Indian Medical Association has declared “All India Protest Day” on Friday against the incident and expressed solidarity with the striking doctors in Kolkata where a standoff is underway between the Mamata Banerjee government and junior doctors.

The Doctors in major metro cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai, are on strike and patients are facing difficulties for treatment.

Late on Monday night, clashes broke out between doctors and relatives of a patient at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata after the said patient died.

Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi are on strike on Friday over violence against doctors in West Bengal.

AIIMS Delhi has also decided to join hands with the protesters in Kolkata and to boycott work on Friday with Delhi Medical Association (DMA) declaring a black day as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) also urged doctors around the country to protest and wear black badges on Friday as a sign of protest.

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Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) to observe strike today over violence against doctors in West Bengal. Official statement says, “We are shutting down our OPD, ward and academic services from 8 am to 5 pm today. Emergency services will not be hampered.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) It will also ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to bring out a central law against such violence.

 

The AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) condemned the assault on the doctor at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, and urged similar organisations across the country to join the token strike. “There is complete breakdown of law and order, with reports of mobs attacking doctor hostels with weapons. The government has failed to provide protection and justice to doctors,” a statement issued by the RDA said, adding that resident doctors across the country were “deeply hurt” by the turn of events.

 

According to the family members, the patient died owing to alleged medical negligence.On Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued a 4 hour ultimatum for the junior doctors who were calling for a strike and told them to get back to work. She also said that policemen often died in the line of duty but their colleagues had never revolted.

Mamata’s outburst prompted several doctors in other hospitals in Bengal to either submit their resignation letters or threaten to resign in protest. The ripples spread beyond Bengal to AIIMS in New Delhi, and the Indian Medical Association announced an “all-India protest day” on Friday.

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