'Accept all demands,' says Mamata Banerjee urging doctors to resume work

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 15, 2019, 06.36 PM(IST)

File photo: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Photograph:( ANI )

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Banerjee said that her government is committed to resuming normal medical services at the soonest and called the incident on June 10 as unfortunate. 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday stated that the state government has accepted all demands of the agitating doctors and urge them to resume work at the earliest.

"We've accepted all their demands. I had sent my ministers, principal secretary to meet the doctors, waited for 5 hours to meet doctors delegations yesterday and today, but they did not come. You have to give respect to the constitutional body," Banerjee said adding that the state government is fully committed to take necessary steps. 

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"State has taken the decision to bear all the expenses of medical treatment of the junior doctor who is admitted at a private hospital," the Chief Minister said. 

"I appeal to all doctors to resume work as thousands of people are awaiting medical treatment," Banerjee said. She said that her government is committed to resuming normal medical services at the soonest and called the incident on June 10 as unfortunate. 

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"We had continuously tried to reach a solution," she said. 

This comes after over 300 medical professionals in West Bengal tendered resignation and a nationwide stir in the medical fraternity caused Union Ministers to urge Banerjee to personally intervene to end the impasse. 

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Two medical professionals at Nil Ratan Sarkar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital were allegedly attacked by the relative of a patient on Tuesday. The patient had died on June 10.

Meanwhile, the Centre on Saturday issued another advisory to West Bengal government and sought on the matter of striking doctors.

In its advisory, the Ministry pointed at the growing number of incidents of election-related, political violence and casualties over 4 years from 2016 to 2019.