Doctors' strike: Mamata Banerjee agrees for media coverage of meeting with medical college representatives

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 17, 2019, 03.28 PM(IST)

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

Story highlights

On Saturday, Banerjee said the state administration is ready to accept all valid demands proposed by the agitating doctors and promised not to invoke the stringent Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday agreed for media coverage of her meeting with two representatives from each Medical College of the state.

As doctors' strike enters the seventh day in the state, Banerjee said she will meet two representatives from each medical college of the state in Nabanna today.

On Saturday, Banerjee said the state administration is ready to accept all valid demands proposed by the agitating doctors and promised not to invoke the stringent Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). She also appealed them to resume work immediately.

Banerjee had stated that the state government would bear all medical expenses for the treatment of the two junior doctors, who were assaulted in a Kolkata hospital that triggered the strike.

×

Hundreds of medical professionals in the state have tendered their resignations, while strikes and protest across the nation continue even after Banerjee's assurances. 

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.

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.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on June 18 a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday began its strike with the withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country in the wake of the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal.

(With inputs from agencies)