Medical services hit as doctors go on nation-wide strike


New Delhi, June 14 : Medical Services have been affected as the Doctors in major metro cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai, are on protest in solidarity with counterparts in Kolkata where a standoff is underway between the Mamata Banerjee government and junior doctors.

The India Medical Association has declared “All India Protest Day” on Friday against the incident and expressed solidarity with the striking doctors. “IMA condemns the violence perpetrated on a young doctor. Entire medical fraternity expresses our solidarity with the Residents who are on strike,” the association said on its official website.

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.
Several resident doctors also held a protest at Jantar Mantar against the brutal attack. Condemning the violence in Bengal, the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) has also urged all the RDAs across the country to join the token strike.

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. 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.

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