Medical services in West Bengal remain affected in state-run hospitals and colleges for the sixth day today as junior doctors continue their protest against the assault on their colleagues allegedly by relatives of a patient who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata. Hundreds of doctors have resigned en masse in support of their colleagues. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged the junior doctors to return to work and said her government had accepted their demands. She said that the state government was committed towards resuming normal medical services at the soonest. The doctors' stir has spread to other parts of the country as well. News agency Press Trust of India has reported that junior doctors have agreed to meeting with Ms Mamata Banerjee. They have said the meeting should be open for media coverage.
Here are the highlights of the Doctors' protest across India:
Agitating junior doctors in West Bengal softened their stand on Sunday and asserted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was free to decide the venue of the meeting with them, but stressed that it should be held in open. Talking to the media after a two-and-half-hour-long meeting of their governing body, a spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors said, "We are keen to end this impasse. We are ready to hold talks with the chief minister at a venue of her choice, provided it is held in the open, in the presence of media persons, and not behind closed doors." The spokesperson said the venue should be spacious enough to accommodate representatives from all medical colleges and hospitals in the state.
Junior doctors of #NRSMedicalCollege and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, after a general body meeting: We want immediate end to this impasse by discussion with the CM, which, to maintain transparency, shouldn't be behind closed doors, but open to media under camera coverage. pic.twitter.com/N8Spu1yRci- ANI (@ANI) 16 June 2019