New Delhi, June 16 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be meeting two representatives from each Medical College of the state in Nabana at 3 pm on Monday as Healthcare services across the country are affected as the Indian Medical Association’announces nationwide doctors’ strike in support of their colleagues in Kolkata, West Bengal who have been on on strike after two junior doctors were attacked by the kin of a patient over a case of alleged negligence at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday.
The doctors said that the reports of a meeting with Mamata Banerjee at 3 pm are not true and they don’t have a meeting invite from the CMO. “We have no such invite for a meeting. It is not true. We have no such official letter or invite from the CMO. We want to sit for talks. We request the chief minister to bring an end to this.”
IMA members are staging a dharna at its headquarters in New Delhi.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reportedly agreed to meet the Kolkata doctors at an auditorium adjacent to the state secretariat at 3 pm.
Lucknow doctors on strike
Health care services in the Uttar Pradesh capital were largely crippled on Monday as over 10,000 doctors proceeded on strike in support of their counterparts in West Bengal.
The resident doctors of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) and Queen Mary’s hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences (RMLIMS) proceeded on strike at 6.a.m and will stay off work till Tuesday 6 a.m.
Emergency and trauma services remained functional but the out-patient-department (OPD) services and elective surgeries were postponed.
If the strike is not called off, and services are hit, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia combined hospital, Lokbandhu Rajnarayan hospital, Balrampur hospital, Rani Laxmibai combined hospital, BRD hospital, Ram Sagar Mishra hospital, Veerangana Avanti Bai women’s hospital and Veerangana Jhalkari Bai women’s hospital were expected to witness a surge in patients.
“The resident doctors’ associations of KGMU, SGPGIMS and RMLIMS have decided to strike on IMA’s call. We will not let emergency services get affected,” said KGMU RDA president and doctor Nayani Amrin.
Private diagnostic and medical centres in the city have also joined the strike. “The 1,000 diagnostic centres, pathology laboratories, nursing homes and private clinics affiliated to IMA and otherwise will also remain shut for 24 hours,” said IMA member and doctor P.K. Gupta.
Gupta said that the state unit had received directives from the IMA headquarters in Delhi to protest against violence witnessed by doctors and to press for a law to protect the medicos.
SGPGIMS faculty forum secretary M.S. Ansari said that they support the cause but will not strike work.
RDA president, Ajay Shukla said: “There are 500 resident doctors at SGPGIMS, and all will be on strike. We will also take out protest march in morning and evening on Monday.”
Meanwhile, long queues of patients were seen at Balrampur hospital where doctors had not joined in the strike.
Doctors in Kerala from both private and state-run hospitals went on a token strike on Monday in the wake of the recent assault on their counterparts in West Bengal.
While medicos from the private sector opted for a day-long strike with just the casualty services to be made available; those in the government sector would remain off duty for two hours from all out-patient services from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
At the state-run Medical Colleges, teachers would be on strike for an hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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The hospitals which will stage protests in Delhi include Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital, GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.