Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee who had ruled out negotiations with junior doctors on Friday received many bits of advice from different quarters on ending the doctors’ strike. One came from the Calcutta High Court.
Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan chaired a two-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court told the state government to persuade the striking doctors to resume work and provide general services to patients.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in Delhi told Bengal chief minister not to make it a prestige issue. He urged medical fraternity who are protesting in support of agitating doctors to exercise restraint and continue serving patients.
Outpatient facilities were affected in several government-run hospitals in several cities as doctors held protests to express solidarity with their counterparts in Kolkata.
A doctor was attacked and seriously injured allegedly by relatives of a patient who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata on Monday. Junior doctors in West Bengal are on a strike since Tuesday after the incident
The Indian Medical Association has called for a nation-wide strike on June 17.