Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'When in Bengal, Speak Bangla,' Mamata Fires Salvo at 'Outsiders'

'When in Bengal, Speak Bangla,' Mamata Fires Salvo at 'Outsiders'

Doctors vs TMC fiery face-off: 3 things doctors want, Kolkata doctor's strike - Despite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's ultimatum, the stand off between Kolkata's Junior Doctors and State Administration refuses to die down. "I have tried to contact the CM, I have called her, till this moment there is no response from her, if she calls on me then we will discuss the matter".

"I am poor and have come from a very far place".

The junior doctors, who are protesting against the assault on two of their colleagues at NRS Medical College and Hospital, had on Friday sought unconditional apology from Mamata Banerjee and set six conditions for the state government in order to withdraw their stir, reports news agency PTI.

Santosh Kumar also narrated his ordeal and said due to strike they are forced to take treatment for his mother from a private hospital and being a poor he can not afford it.

"It is a matter of concern that the agitation by doctors in West bengal is not heading towards resolution but seems to be getting aggravated", he wrote.

A team of doctors from AIIMS and other hospitals will also meet Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan around 11 AM to demand better conditions and more security for doctors.

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The Court also took note of the State's submission that it has arrested certain persons for the mob attack on the junior doctors.

ON Thursday, the resident doctors protested demanding measures to ensure safety of doctors.

A total of 119 doctors of North Bengal Medical College & Hospital, Darjeeling, were among those who resigned. It also demanded legislation to safeguard doctors.

The Chief Justice, during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), reminded the striking doctors of the "Hippocratic Oath" they take to ensure the welfare of all patients.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) launched a three-day nationwide protest from Friday to express solidarity with the doctors and called for a strike on 17 June with withdrawal of non-essential health services. In a Facebook post, Chatterjee said, that all their grievances can be solved through discussions with the government. However, IMA stated that patient services, particularly emergency services, will not be affected by the protests. "We are not outsiders and this agitation is spontaneous".

President of the Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS, Dr Amarinder Singh Malhi, said that the attack on doctors in West Bengal is worrisome. Except for emergency services, there will be a full shutdown of all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits, the AIIMS association said. However, emergency services were available at one or two hospitals of the city. Patients, on the other hand, are in for a hard time as OPDs and OTs will remain shut at major hospitals. The protesting doctors paid no heed to warning by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that strict action will be taken if they do not return to work.

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