The striking junior doctors at Bengal’s state-run hospitals called off their week-long protest after they met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at state Secretariat Nabanna on Monday.
Banerjee asked police to appoint nodal officers for security of doctors at all government hospitals in the state as she met the striking medicos. In the meeting, a doctors’ delegation apprised Banerjee of the problems they have been facing at medical colleges and hospitals and said they fear for their safety.
West Bengal health secretary, MoS Chandrima Bhattacharya and other state officials were present in the meeting, besides 31 junior doctors. The state government which had consented to protestors demand that meeting should be held in the presence of media, allowed only two regional news channels to cover the meeting.
The CM told the striking doctors that no doctor has been booked by the state government. The representatives of the joint forum of junior doctors also sought exemplary punishment for those involved in assault on doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital on June 11.
Banerjee also directed formation of grievance redressal units in all state-run hospitals as proposed by the junior doctors. She said the state government has taken adequate measures and arrested five people involved in NRS incident.