In the wake of rising attacks on doctors in Bengal, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan has expressed concern over the recently reported incidences of violence against doctors.
According to Vardhan, it is necessary and important for the doctors to get a safe work environment. He stated that he shall take this matter up with the Chief Ministers so that such incidents can be avoided in the future.
“Doctors are an integral pillar of the society and often work under stressful and difficult conditions. I urge the patients and their caregivers to observe restraint”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated.
He also urged the doctors to observe restraint so that essential services to the people are not disrupted.
Meanwhile, doctors across the country protested attacks on doctors by a Muslim mob in Kolkata where the victims sustained mortal injuries.
In Delhi, members of Resident Doctors’ Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) turned up for work wearing helmets and bandages, expressing solidarity with the victims. They expressed concern over the “worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal”.
Meanwhile, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had threatened action against striking doctors has of late softened her stance. Initially, Mamata had said the BJP is instigating doctors and asking them not to treat Muslims in hospitals. However, she toned down her stance and made an appeal to Kolkata doctors to call off their strike.
Mamata, on her Facebook post, wrote, “I appeal to all to restore normal healthcare services to the patients without any further delay.”
Mamata Banerjee also wrote about how her administration had tried to reach out to the protesting doctors but it failed to break the impasse.
“Our government has taken full care of the injured doctor. We pray that he recovers quickly. As per information received, he is stable and improving,” India Today reported.