Junior doctors across West Bengal continued their stir for the fourth day on Friday, leading to health services being severely affected.
The junior doctors have been on strike since Tuesday in protest against the brutal assault on two colleagues in Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital on Monday night by family members of an octogenarian patient who passed away.
On Thursday, they defied a deadline by chief minister Mamata Banerjee to return to work, declaring that their agitation would continue till their demands for security on government hospital campuses are met.
Expressing solidarity with the striking doctors in Bengal, the India Medical Association has declared “All India Protest Day” on Friday, with doctors in many parts of the country holding protests.
Read | Bengal doctors’ strike enters Day-4, IMA declares ‘All India Protest Day’
Here are the live updates:
At least 100 doctors in govt hospitals in Bengal want to resign
As many as 100 doctors in state-run hospitals across West Bengal have written to the authorities expressing their desire to resign from the services. Between Thursday and Friday afternoon as many as 92 doctors — professors, associate professors, assistant professors and medical officers — wrote to the authorities expressing their desire to step down.
Calcutta HC refuses to pass interim order on strike
Calcutta high court has refused to pass interim order on strike by junior doctors in state-run hospitals, and has asked West Bengal government to persuade them to rejoin work, reported news agency PTI.
Calcutta HC seeks details of steps taken by govt on doctors’ strike
A PIL has been filed in Calcutta High Court by Kunal Saha of People for Better Treatment, seeking that the doctors’ strike in the state be declared illegal. The HC has sought details of what steps had been taken by West Bengal on attack on doctors and the doctors’ strike, by next Friday. Next hearing to take place next week. : ANI
All private OPDs at Delhi’s Ganga Ram Hospital to remain closed on Friday
The Doctor’s Forum Society of Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital says all doctors of the hospital are fully in support of “our colleagues in West Bengal and strongly protest against growing tendency of violence against doctors.” All private OPD clinics at the hospital will remain closed on Friday. : ANI
AIIMS doctors wear helmets as mark of protest
Members of Resident Doctors’ Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) continue to work wearing helmets, as a mark of protest: ANI
Delhi: Members of Resident Doctors’ Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) continue to work wearing helmets, as a mark of protest against “worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal.” pic.twitter.com/6vAlBdFfPd— ANI (@ANI)
June 14, 2019
Bengal’s striking doctors get support from intellectuals
A group of West Bengal intellectuals on Friday came out in support of the agitating junior doctors at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata and urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to speak to the striking doctors to normalize the situation, reports IANS.
The intellectuals including renowned actor-filmmaker Aparna Sen, stage and screen actor Kaushik Sen, met the agitating doctors and expressed solidarity to their movement.
“We know that none of you look at the patients’ cast or religion while treating them. We also know that you are feeling the pain for the patients who have been left untreated due to this impasse. We are with you in this,” Aparna Sen said amid loud cheers from the junior doctors at the hospital premises.
“The Chief Minister is our guardian. I would request her to change her stance a bit on this issue and talk to the young doctors here. They are like your children. Please come here once and talk to them to sort out the problems,” she said.
18 doctors in Bengal resign over ‘prevailing situation’:ANI
18 doctors from two hospitals in West Bengal resign as protests escalate.:ANI While 16 doctors belonging to RG Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, submitted their resignation in response to the prevailing situation , two others from North Bengal Medical College & Hospital, Darjeeling resigned over violence against doctors in the state.
West Bengal: 16 doctors of the RG Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata submit their resignation stating, “In response to prevailing situation as we are unable to provide service, we would like to resign from our duty,” pic.twitter.com/a3eVzs6ZLG— ANI (@ANI)
June 14, 2019
Doctors in Bengaluru hold protest march
Doctors hold protest in Bengaluru over violence against doctors in West Bengal.
Karnataka: Doctors hold protest in Bengaluru over violence against doctors in West Bengal. pic.twitter.com/NWdQrK6Dr0— ANI (@ANI)
June 14, 2019
Token protest by doctors at govt, private hospitals in Telangana
Doctors across the government and private hospitals in Telangana staged token protests on Friday morning to express their solidarity with their colleagues who had struck work at Kolkata in protest against the brutal assault on a doctor. At several hosptials in Hyderabad, including Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences and Gandhi Hospital, doctors assembled on the hospital premises at 9 am and raised slogans demanding that violence against doctors be stopped forthwith.
Doctors in Ludhiana stage symbolic protest
Doctors of civil hospital in Punjab’s Ludhiana, affiliated with IMA, registered their protest against the attack on doctors in Kolkata. It was a symbolic protest and no work has been affected.
Harsh Vardhan meets AIIMS doctors
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan meets with doctors of New Delhi AIIMS who are also on strike in support of the stir by junior doctors in West Benal.
Delhi: Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS meets Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan over violence against doctors in West Bengal. pic.twitter.com/wuCfEpXhpv— ANI (@ANI)
June 14, 2019
Don’t make it prestige issue: Harsh Vardhan appeals to Bengal CM
The health minister added: “I appeal to West Bengal CM to not make this an issue of prestige. She gave the doctors an ultimatum, as a result they got angry and went on strike. Today, I will write to Mamata Banerjee ji and will also try to speak to her on this issue.” ANI
Hold symbolic protests only: Health minister appeals to striking doctors
Union Health Minister,Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday appealed to striking doctors across the country to hold only symbolic protests. He told ANI, “ I’d like to assure all doctors that the government is committed towards their safety. I appeal to doctors to hold symbolic protests only & continue to carry out their duties.”
Kerala doctors join protest
Members of Indian Medical Association in Kerala’sTrivandrum hold protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal.
In Jaipur, doctors perform duties but wear black bands
In Rajasthan’s Jaipur, doctors at Jaipuria hospital carry out their duties wearing black bands as a mark of protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal.
Doctors treating patients at Jaipur’s Jaipuria hospital.
‘We want justice’: Doctors raise slogans at Raipur hospital
Resident doctors at Raipur’s Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital raised slogans of ‘We Want Justice’ as they launched their protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal, reported news agency ANI.
#WATCH Resident Doctors at Raipur’s Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital raise slogans of ‘We Want Justice’ as they protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal. #Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/70BsCTmGLN— ANI (@ANI)
June 14, 2019
In Nagpur, doctors march with ‘Save the Saviour’ posters
Doctors with ‘Save the Saviour’ and ‘Stand with NRSMCH’ posters at Government Medical College in Nagpur, are holding a protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal.
Doctors at AIIMS prepare to observe strike
Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) prepare to observe strike over violence against doctors in West Bengal.
Doctors’ union in Punjab’s Patiala joins country-wide protest
As junior doctors across the country are taking out marches demand protection for doctors, doctors’ union in Punjab’s Patiala has joined the protest too.
Maharashtra resident doctors join protest; demand protection
In the light of the recent assault on doctors in Kolkata, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) joined the nationwide protest on Friday to demand protection for doctors.
Speaking to ANI, Prashant Chaudhary, President of MARD at Scion hospital, said: “The incident was clearly a targeted assault. This has now become a law and order issue. We express solidarity to the seriously injured doctors. We will abstain from providing our routine services from 8 am to 5 pm today, but at the same time we will make sure to inform the administration so that Outpatient Department treatment (OPD), Operation Theatres (OT) and wards keep running.”
Doctors at Siliguri observe strike, protest march in Hyderabad
Doctors at North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri, observe strike. In Hyderabad, doctors of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences hold protest march
West Bengal: Doctors at North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri observe strike over violence against doctors at NRS Medical College & Hospital pic.twitter.com/qZvMkUEX0X— ANI (@ANI)
June 14, 2019
OPD services at AIIMS, Safdarjung hospital to remain suspended
Doctors in Delhi’s AIIMS, Maharashtra, Patiala and many other parts of the country have come out in support of the striking doctors in Bengal. All out-patient clinics and routine services will remain suspended at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Safdarjung Hospital with over 3,500 resident doctors from the two hospitals striking work.
Doctors in Patiala protest in support of Bengal doctors’ strike
Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo
Maharashtra doctors shut down OPD
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) are observing strike today over violence against doctors in West Bengal. Official statement says, “We are shutting down our OPD, ward and academic services from 8 am to 5 pm today. Emergency services will not be hampered.”:ANI
Patients facing difficulty at AIIMS due to doctors’ strike
Patients face difficulties as Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of AIIMS is on strike on Friday over violence against doctors in West Bengal. Relative of a patient said, “My mother’s dialysis was scheduled for today, we were told to go and get it done from somewhere else.” : ANI
Health services severely affected in Bengal
State-run healthcare services continue to be severely affected in Bengal for the fourth consecutive day on Friday with junior doctors continuing their strike in defiance of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s ultimatum to join work a day earlier.