In the wake of doctors’ strike showing no signs of ebbing, the Indian Medical Association has called for a nationwide strike on June 17 to express solidarity with striking doctors of Kolkata. Political observers feel the attack by Muslim goons is the “Singur Moment” of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who tried to turn the heat on victims of violence.
Meanwhile, doctors in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad have called for a statewide protest against the recent assault on Kolkata resident doctors.
The “Emergency services will function normally as the resident doctors will purportedly continue to work in the emergency services as per their scheduled duties,” said AIIMS medical superintendent DK Sharma.
According to reports, the strike has impacted services in the state’s government-run hospitals. Over the last four days, services have been affected in emergency wards, outdoor facilities and pathological units of many state-run hospitals and a number of private medical facilities.
Meanwhile, 175 senior doctors of Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital (IPGMER SSKM Hospital), have resigned citing inaction by the administration against their grievances.
They offered full support to the junior doctors and have urged the state government to work towards better healthcare facilities and to ensure safe workplaces for the doctors.
Although Bengal Chief Minister had issued an ultimatum to striking doctors, many of them refused to heed. Many doctors have resigned from service, reports said.