Appeal to Mamata Banerjee to not make this a prestige issue: Harsh Vardhan on doctors' protest

File photo: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan. Photograph:( PTI )

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 14, 2019, 01.02 PM (IST)

Amid the nationwide protest by the doctors, the Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS on Friday met with the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in Delhi over the violence against doctors in West Bengal.

Expressing concern over the issue Harsh Vardhan said that he would try to resolve the matter and discuss the issue with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

"I appeal with folded hands to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to not make this an issue of prestige. Despite getting beaten so badly, doctors only asked her to provide them adequate security and take action against all those behind this as per the law. But, she didn`t do this and gave an ultimatum to the doctors after which doctors of West Bengal and across the country got angry and went on strike. If the Chief Minister changes her attitude, then patients will not suffer across India."

"Today, I will write a letter to Mamata Banerjee. I will also try to talk to her," he added.

Harsh Vardhan further assured safety to all the doctors working and requested them to continue with their duties.

"I'd like to assure all doctors that Govt is committed towards their safety. I appeal to doctors to hold symbolic protests only and continue to carry out their duties, " he said.

A nationwide protest erupted in the country on Friday in support of the West Bengal doctors who have have been agitating demanding better security at the workplace.

West Bengal doctors' protest began after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured at the NRS medical college and hospital in Kolkata.

Exhibiting solidarity to their community, doctors from Hyderabad, Nagpur, Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Jaipur staged protests on Friday.

 

 

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Expressing concern over the issue Harsh Vardhan said that he would try to resolve the matter and discuss the issue with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.