The West Bengal Government has accepted the demands of the doctors, who have been on strike since the last five days following an attack on a junior doctor of Kolkata’s NRS Hospital by an elderly patient’s family on June 10. WB CM Mamata Banerjee informed about the government’s decision during a press conference on Saturday evening and appealed the doctors to resume work. Over the days, the protest got support from doctors all over the country with Indian Medical Association calling for a nationwide protest on June 17.
During the press conference, Banerjee said, “We’ve accepted all their demands. I had sent my ministers and principal secretary to meet the doctors. They waited for 5 hours to meet the doctors yesterday and today, but the doctors did not come. You have to give respect to the constitutional body.” Banerjee added, “I do not want to invoke the Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) Act in the state. I want junior doctors to resume work as we have accepted their demands.”
Calling the attack on the junior doctor on June 10 an unfortunate incident, Banerjee said that the state will bear all the expenses of medical treatment of the junior doctor who is admitted at a private hospital.