Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Protesting doctors win, Mamata agrees to live media coverage

Protesting doctors win, Mamata agrees to live media coverage

"The chief minister has agreed to the demand for live coverage of the meeting", a state government official said.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked the police to appoint nodal officers for the security of doctors at all government hospitals in the state as she met the striking medicos on Monday in a bid to end the week-long impasse. However, the Chief Minister said that mass resignation had little value. "We want the conversion to be held in the presence of live media and sufficient representatives from all medical colleges", a representative of the protesting doctors of the NRS Medical College and Hospital said on the seventh day of the strike. Joining the nationwide agitation demanding strict action against culprits responsible for brutal attack on doctors in West Bengal, IMA city chief Dr Rajesh Dhir gave a call to it's members for total withdrawal of non-essential services for a period of 24 hours starting Monday.

Several government and private hospitals in Delhi-NCR have made a decision to boycott work for a day in support of their striking colleagues in West Bengal on Monday. She said the state government has taken adequate measures and arrested five people involved in the NRS incident.

The spokesperson said the venue should be spacious enough to accommodate representatives from all medical colleges and hospitals in the state.

After indications that the government may not allow the media in the meeting, doctors asked the administration if they could use personal cameras to record the proceedings.

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On Tuesday, a student doctor interning at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata was allegedly attacked by the relatives of a recently deceased patient at the hospital. The statement did not carry the signature of any individual.

A doctor in an outpatient unit in India often saw more than 100 patients in a day, Asokan said, and despite tens of thousands of junior doctors graduating every year, many were out of work.

"The situation was pathetic in all three hospitals".

The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) and the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) have extended their support to the strike. IMA, the apex medical body, too, has demanded a comprehensive central law in dealing with violence on doctors and health care staff.

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