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West Bengal doctors’ protest Highlights: Agitating medicos say no honest initiative by CM

The press conference took place hours after agitating junior doctors turned down the invite for a closed-door meeting with Banerjee at the Secretariat, throwing a spanner in the resolution of the issue that has paralysed the state healthcare system for the past five days.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed media amid protests by junior doctors. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a press conference, Saturday said that she has accepted all the demands of the protesting junior doctors in the state, adding that her government is ready to accept more. “We have accepted all the demands of agitating doctors. We are ready to accept more, but they must rejoin service,” she said while addressing the media.

The press conference took place hours after agitating junior doctors turned down the invite for a closed-door meeting with Banerjee at the Secretariat, throwing a spanner in the resolution of the issue that has paralysed the state healthcare system for the past five days.

She also appealed to everyone and said, “I am not going to take any foolish action. If you think I’m not capable to listen to you, you can talk to the Governor or my Chief Secretary. Health services cannot go like this. I appeal to everyone, my Chief Secretary, media, police – please restore normalcy. I appeal to all doctors to resume work as thousands of people are awaiting medical treatment. I am not going to take any stringent action. Let good sense prevail.”

Banerjee said that the state was ready to bear all the expenses of the medical treatment of the junior doctor admitted in a private hospital, adding that the government is committed to resuming normal medical services at the soonest as many people in the state are getting affected.

The Chief Minister said she had cancelled all her programmes just to meet the agitating doctors and discuss their situation, but the junior doctors refused for the meeting. “One must show respect to a constitutional body,” she added.

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* Urgent intervention of Chief Minister in the matter, interaction with the agitating students at NRSMCH followed by a detailed statement from her office condemning the events that took place on June 10 and withdrawal of her remarks at the SSKM Hospital on June 13.

* Documentary evidence and other details of action (those arrested, names, identification, date of arrest and sections applied) and list of suspects made by police against all involved in the violence against doctors on June 10.

* Documentary evidence of judicial enquiry against police failure to provide protection to doctors at NRSMCH, Burdwan Medical College and Hospital and other medical colleges and hospitals. * Unconditional withdrawal of all cases and charges slapped on doctors and medical students across West Bengal.

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The Bengal doctors' protest was sparked off by an assault on two medical interns at NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, by the family of a patient who died of alleged negligence on Monday evening. One of the juniors was critically injured and had to undergo surgery at the Institute of Neurosciences.

This prompted the doctors in hospitals across the state to go on strike demanding the direct intervention of the state's chief minister in ensuring their safety. The agitation soon spilled over to other states where the medical practitioners stood in solidarity with their colleagues. Some used black badges, tied bandages or wore helmets while rendering medical services, others went on to march in protest and observing similar strikes in their respective workplaces.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan too wrote to Mamata Banerjee, advising “better communication and a compassionate approach”.