The State Government-run healthcare services continued to be severely affected in West Bengal for the fourth consecutive day, today, with junior doctors continuing their strike in defiance of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s ultimatum to join work a day earlier.
This morning morning junior doctors, however, allowed patients to be taken to the emergency section of the NRS Medical College and Hospital that was closed since Tuesday. But they did not treat patients at the emergency that was being manned by senior medics.The outdoor patients department continued to be closed in almost all state-run hospitals.
The junior doctors have been on strike since Tuesday in protest against the brutal assault on two colleagues in Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital on Monday night by family members of an octogenarian patient who passed away.
The CM, who holds the health and family welfare portfolio, visited the state-run SSKM hospital around noon on Thursday in the wake of the continuing disruption in medical services and warned junior doctors of action if they did not resume work by 2pm.
Following the warning by Banerjee, emergency services started at SSKM Hospital and Burdwan Medical College. But junior doctors refused to buckle down and continued to protest.
Meanwhile, today, doctors in some parts of the country including Delhi’s AIIMS have come out in support of their striking colleagues in Bengal. The India Medical Association has declared “All India Protest Day” on Friday against the incident and expressed solidarity with the striking doctors.