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Doctors' strike updates: Junior doctors at NRS hospital call off protests after meeting Mamata Banerjee
  • 20:43 (IST)

    Expect govt to solve issues in due time, says NRS doctors

    Calling off their week-long strike on Monday, the junior doctors at NRS hospital said in a statement, "We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the chief minister. After an enormous movement, the meeting and discussions with our chief minister met a logical end. Considering everything, we expect the government to solve the issues as discussed in due time."

  • 20:42 (IST)

    Junior doctors at NRS hospital call off strike

    Junior doctors of NRS hospital announced that they are calling off the strike following their meeting with Mamata Banerjee. 

  • 19:54 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee on her way to hospital to meet injured doctor

    West Bengal chief minister will soon visit the doctor who was injured in an attack by the relatives of a patient who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital.

  • 19:10 (IST)

    Visuals from Mamata's meeting with junior doctors at Nabanna

  • 18:52 (IST)

    Will visit NRS hospital after withdrawal of protest: Mamata

    According to CNN-News18, Mamata Banerjee said after the meeting, "I am glad that this meeting took place in such a cordial atmosphere. I am expecting you (doctors) will withdraw your agitation after you go back. I will visit NRS hospital once you withdraw the strike."

  • 18:47 (IST)

    Bengal doctors agree to call off strike
     
    The protesting doctors in West Bengal on Monday agreed to withdraw their week-long stir after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced steps to scale up security at hospitals.
     
    "We are satisfied with the meeting," a representative of the doctors said, assuring Mamata that the strike is going to be called off. A formal announcement on withdrawal of the strike is likely to be made from the epicentre of the protest, the NRS Medical College and Hospital.
     
    PTI

  • 18:27 (IST)

    Bengal medicos to take call on strike after reaching NRS hospital

    After meeting Mamata Banerjee in Nabanna, the protesting junior doctors have planned to announce their decision on the strike after getting back to NRS Medical College in Kolkata.

  • 18:09 (IST)

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  • 17:51 (IST)

    Mamata-doctors meeting ends

    As the meeting ended in Nabanna, doctors were quoted as saying by CNN-News18, "We are satisfied and reassured by this meeting, but we will decide on the outcome of our movement after we go back to NRS hospital."

  • 17:43 (IST)

    'Leave it to me on when and where I should visit': Mamata on demand of doctors to meet injured colleague at hospital

    The doctors who met Mamata Banerjee on Monday also demanded that she pay a visit to the junior doctor critically injured during the NRS hospital incident. To this, according to CNN-News18, she said, "You leave it to me on when and where I should visit, but keep in mind that it has never happened that an incident has taken place and I have not visited that spot."

  • 17:39 (IST)

    Five arrested so far in NRS hospital incident: Mamata

    Mamata said during the meeting that the state government has taken adequate measures in view of the assault on NRS doctors last week. She further said that , five people involved in the incident have been arrested so far.

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Junior doctors demand exemplary punishment for those who assaulted NRS medicos

    PTI reported that the joint forum of junior doctors told Mamata Banerjee at the meeting that they were scared to work, and demanded want exemplary punishment for those who assaulted NRS doctors.

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Mamata accepts proposal to set up ‘Grievance Redressal Cells’ in hospitals

    Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accepted a proposal by doctors to set up ‘grievance redressal cells in government hospitals.

    By SS Parveen/101Reporters

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Mamata directs police commissioner to deploy nodal officer at every hospital
    In the meeting with protesting doctors, Mamata Banerjee instructed the Commissioner Anuj Kumar to deploy a nodal police officer at every hospital as a measure to ensure the security of working doctors. 

    By SS Parveen/101Reporters

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Mamata suggests night-time vigilance for hospitals, says report

    According to CNN-News18, during her meet with protesting junior doctors in Kolkata, Mamata Banerjee suggested night-time vigilance for every hospital. "If an on-duty doctor succumbs to injury from such attacks, it is the humane duty of the government to provide job to the victim's kin," she was also quoted as saying at the meeting.

  • 16:34 (IST)

    Medical services unaffected in Karnataka's Mandya

    The nationwide doctors strike against the increasing assaults on the medical fraternity has not affected the medical services in Mandya of Karnataka. 

    The district has nearly 200 private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics in all seven taluks. The district has the government-run Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) Hospital in Mandya town, taluk hospitals at other six taluk headquarters and nearly 150 Primary Health Centres (PHCs). According to officials at the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the leaves of doctors had been cancelled at government hospitals. 

    Following the private doctors strike, the registration at OPDs of government healthcare centres has been increased by at least 35 percent. MIMS usually had registrations of about 2000 on a daily basis. But, it has increased to 3,000, following private doctors strike.

    By Deena D'Silva/101Reporters

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Mamata suggests reinforced gates at emergency departments, PR persons to interact with patient's relatives

    CNN-News18 quoted Mamata Banerjee as telling the protesting doctors at the meeting,"I have suggested not more than two relatives inside emergency and I urge you to frame a package to set up reinforced gates at emergency departments. I suggest, there should be dedicated PR persons at district-level hospitals to interact with patients’ relatives instead of doctors doing it."

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Shivamogga hospitals participate in doctors' strike

    The nationwide doctors' strike call to condemn the increasing attacks on doctors has received an overwhelming response in Shivamogga of Karnataka, with many hospitals closing the outpatient departments (OPDs).

    There are nearly 100 private hospitals, nursing homes and multi-speciality hospitals in Shivamogga district which has 7 taluks. The district also has nearly 300 private clinics. Most of the hospitals closed the OPDs in response to the 24-hours strike call given to condemn the brutal attack on Dr Paribaha Mukherjee at NRS hospital in Kolkata.

    Private hospitals in Shivamogga, Bhadravathi, Sagara, Shikaripura, Thirthahalli, Hosanagara and Soraba taluks are closed. However, the ongoing strike has not affected the inpatient department and emergency healthcare services. Many hospitals have displayed boards at the OPD, entrances and at other places on their premises about their participation in the strike.

    By AS Kamalakshi/101Reporters

  • 16:22 (IST)

    No intention to target young doctors: Mamata at meeting with Bengal medicos

    While the meeting is underway, CNN-News18 quoted Mamata Banerjee as telling the protesting doctors, "No false cases have been registered against doctors. Young doctors are our future. There is no intention to target young doctors."

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Mamata's meeting with junior doctors underway

    Mamata Banerjee is holding a meeting with the protesting junior doctors at Nabanna. According to CNN-News18, West Bengal commissioner and DGP are also present at meeting, along with health secretary.

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Only ABP Ananda allowed inside 'closed-door meeting' with doctors

    Backtracking on her promise to allow media coverage of the meeting with protesting doctors, Mamata Banerjee on Monday has allowed only ABP Ananda inside the meeting.

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Centre has written to states asking them to bring laws to protect doctors, says Harsh Vardhan

    Union health minister Harsh Vardhan told CNN-News18, "We have already written to all the states. We're requesting all chief ministers to make specific laws to protect doctors. At central level, if we can do something, we'll revisit the issue. Eveyrbody has to be sure about it that we are well-intentioned. The aim is to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in this country."

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Visuals from Nabanna; meeting between Mamata-doctors to be held shortly

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Doctors arrive at Nabanna to meet Mamata, reports News18

    The meeting between Mamata Banerjee and agitating junior doctors is expected to begin shortly, paving way for a solution to the week-long impasse.

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Bus carrying doctors' representatives en route to Nabanna

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Govt to provide feed for live coverage of meeting

    According to News18, the feed for the live coverage of the meeting of the junior doctors on strike and Mamata Banerjee will be taken from the government and will be flashed on all channels.

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Doctors on their way to meet Mamata at Secretariat

    The junior doctors on strike at NRS hospital in Kolkata are on their way to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna​, the state Secretariat. The doctors cheered as their vehicles left the hospital premises.

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Protesting junior doctors to meet Mamata in presence of media

    The chief minister consented to live coverage of her meeting with the doctors on strike. The time of the meeting at the Secretariat has not been confirmed yet.

  • 14:52 (IST)

    Mamata gives in to doctors' demand, agrees to live coverage of meeting

    Mamata Banerjee has finally agreed to meet the protesting junior doctors of NRS hospital in Kolkata in the presence of media. Earlier, she had said she was not comfortable with holding the meeting with reporters present, but the protesting doctors were firm on their demand, reported News18.

    A letter the principal of the medical college and hospital received from the Additional Chief Secretary of the West Bengal government said the chief minister had also agreed to meet four representatives of medical colleges in Kolkata, as opposed to the two invited earlier, the report added. 

  • 14:43 (IST)

    'When should we get treatment? After we die?' 

    A patient is angry with Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal for not putting up a notice and informing patients about the doctors of the hospital going on strike.

    Input by Prabhatesh Tripathi/101Reporters

  • 14:36 (IST)

    123 doctors resign from Siliguri's North Bengal Medical College and Hospital

    The protests at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital have worsened since Mamata Banerjee's ultimatum to the agitating junior doctors to return to work on 13 June. As many as 123 doctors have tendered their resignation at NBMCH, which is Siliguri's premier healthcare institute.

    There has been a significant dip in the number of patients getting admitted to the hospital since the agitations began. With more than 800 beds at the hospital, it sees around 200 patients admitted on a normal day. Since last Wednesday, the number has been dropping steadily — 138 on 12 June, 117 on 13 June, 71 on 14 June and 82 on 15 June.

    Input by Roshan Gupta/101Reporters

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Doctors face 'war-front like conditions' with lax security, says RDA, AIIMS

    "We remain dedicated to serving humanity to our fullest potential. The incident at the emergency department at the AIIMS trauma centre, where a junior resident was assaulted for performing his rightful duty of giving preferential care to a critical patient, was efficiently managed with the support of the AIIMS administration in letter and spirit," the Resident Doctors' Association of AIIMS, Delhi, said on its decision to join the countrywide doctors' protest. "This event made us rethink about the war-front like conditions faced by our fellow medicos elsewhere, where they are usually left alone to fight for their lives while saving those of the sick and even where basic security measures like CCTV surveillance and special security deployment at emergency wards and ICUs are nonexistent."

    Read more on the doctors' protest here

  • 14:12 (IST)

    Doctors on protest in Assam say they are on 'silent protest' as govt has turned a 'deaf ear'

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Emergency services at Bhopal hospitals bear brunt of doctors' strike

    Health facilities at government hospitals in Bhopal, including at AIIMS and Hamid Hospital, are affected due to the doctors' strike. A huge number of patients are gathered near the emergency room as OPD facilities are closed. 

    Patients accused the hospitals of not giving them any prior notice about the strike, especially to those who have come from remote villages and are now left with no choice but to go to private hospitals for treatment. Emergency facilities are collapsing due to the heavy rush at these hospitals. 

    Input by Manish Chandra Mishra/101Reporters

  • 13:41 (IST)

    'No new condition can be met now'

    Dr PK Mitra, the Director of Medical Education of the West Bengal government, has arrived at NRS hospital in Kolkata to meet the junior doctors on protest. Referring to their demand for the presence of national media at the meeting with Mamata Banerjee, he said he had already communicated their stand to the chief minister and "no new conditions can be met now".

    Inout by SS Parveen/101Reporters

  • 13:37 (IST)

    Health services at a standstill in Lucknow

    Health services in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow have come to a standstill, with doctors at all government hospitals protesting in solidarity with their colleagues in West Bengal. Doctors at King George Medical University and Ram Manohar Lohia Research Centre have boycotted work, and a large number of patients have not been attended to.

    Dr Sishir Chauhan, a junior resident at the RML hospital in Lucknow said, "Doctors are being treated like stray dogs for saving lives, and this cannot be tolerated anymore. The West Bengal chief minister should hold discussions with the doctors at an open place in the presence of media, and the Government of India should ensure security to every doctor of the country."

    Input by Saurabh Sharma/101Reporters

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Doctors boycott work at hospitals across Kerala
     
    Healthcare services across Kerala were affected for at least two hours as doctors of state-run hospitals and those of the private hospitals boycoted work o Monday, supporting the 24-hour nationwide strike being observed in support of the protests in West Bengal. There were long queues outside the OPDs of several government hospitals across Kerala in the early hours of the day. Some patients said they were not aware of the strike and had been waiting for hours.
     
    PTI
     

  • 13:22 (IST)

    Doctors protest at government-run Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Protesting doctors unlikely to attend meeting with Mamata unless govt agrees to media presence

    Junior doctors are likely to boycott the 3 pm meeting with Mamata Banerjee at the Secretariat, even if the meeting is recorded according to the statement issued by the Director of Medical Education. One of the protesting doctors said they are likely give the meeting a miss as the condition on the presence of media has not been met. The doctors specifically want the national media to be present at the meeting and will issue a press release on this soon.

    Input by SS Parveen/101Reporters

  • 12:57 (IST)

    Doctors hold silent protest march in Goa

    Several doctors in Goa boycotted work on Monday and held a silent protest march in Panaji to condemn the attack on two juniot doctors in West Bengal last week. In response to the call for a strike given by the IMA, all non-essential medical services were suspended at various government and private hospitals of Goa.
     

    A number of doctors participated in the silent protest march held from Azad Maidan to Panjim market. Former IMA Goa chief Shekhar Salkar demanded that armed security personnel be deployed outside all casualty wards at government-run and private hospitals to prevent unwarranted attacks on doctors.

    PTI

     

  • 12:51 (IST)

    OPD services affected in Odisha hospitals as doctors go on strike

    With doctors at several hospitals across Odisha boycotting work on Monday, in response to the IMA's call for a nationwide strike, OPD services were hit across the state at several hospitals. However, emergency and indoor services remained operational.
     
    Junior doctors stayed away from the OPD and other non-essential health services at government medical colleges and hospitals at Berhampur, Sambalpur and Cuttack. Charan Panda, the Superintendent of MKCG Medical College and Hospital in ​Berhampur, said steps had been taken to ensure that emergency services ran normally.
     
    PTI

  • 12:46 (IST)

    40,000 doctors boycott work in Maharashtra

    More than 40,000 doctors in Maharashtra boycotted work on Monday as part of the call for a strike by the IMA in support of their agitating colleagues in West Bengal. Doctors from various government and private hospitals in the state are mainly boycotting OPD and other non-essential health services, officials said.

     
    PTI

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Doctors at AIIMS-Bhopal protest in support of Bengal's doctors on strike

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Odisha doctors come out in large to support IMA protest

    Doctors in Odisha participated in the nationwide strike called by the IMA today. These include members of the Resident Doctors' Association of AIIMS in Bhubaneswar, the Odisha Medical Services Association, Odisha Medical Teachers Association, Junior Doctors' Association, Resident Doctors' Association, IMA Students Network and the Nursing Home Association.

    Doctors at AIIMS, as well as UG and PG students of SCB Medical College in Cuttack are protesting at their respective institutes. Doctors from various other government and private hospitals also joined the movement wearing black badges.

    IMA Odisha State Secretary Janmejaya Mohapatra said attacks on doctors, who serve people round the clock, are rising by the day. "It is high time there is a law to ensure safety and security of doctors in the country," he said.

    Input by Bibhuti Mohapatro/101Reporters

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Bengal govt invites representatives of all medical colleges to meet Mamata

    After junior doctors of NRS hospital held a press conference announcing that they will not hold a closed-door meeting with Mamata Banerjee at the Secretariat, the Director of Medical Education issued a statement, inviting two representatives each of all medical colleges in the city to meet the chief minister at Nabanna at 3 pm today. 

    "The discussion will focus on all your demands. I also confirm that the discussion and resolutions taken in this meeting shall be recorded and duly communicated to you," read the letter addressed to 'The protesting doctors'. 

    Input by SS Parveen/101Reporters

  • 12:20 (IST)

    Junior doctor assaulted last Monday 'recovering well'

    The condition of Dr Paribaha Mukherjee, who was critically injured in an assault by the family of a deceased patient last Monday at a Kolkata hospital, is recovering well. His reports show no additional problems, a medical bulletin issued by The Institute of Neurosciences said.

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Bengal govt must promise 'live telecast' of meeting with Mamata, say protesting doctors

    "The government has to assure us that the meeting will be live telecast on channels. Only then will we will attend the meeting. They have yet to clear their stand on whether the media will be allowed at the meeting. If we receive an official letter asking us to join the meeting, we will hold another general body meeting to decide whether to attend it," a junior doctor at Kolkata's NRS hospital said.

    Input by Amita Ghose/101Reporters

  • 11:59 (IST)

    All leaves of Central govt doctors cancelled

    Due to the ongoing countrywide doctors' strike, the government has cancelled the leaves of all doctors employed at Central government hospitals and asked them to return to duty immediately. The Central government doctors have been asked to come back to work to deal with the crisis, News18 reported, quoting sources in the health ministry.

  • 11:56 (IST)

    Doctors in Ranchi join all-India protest against the assault on medicos in Bengal

  • 11:48 (IST)

    Bengal doctors want meeting with Mamata to be held before 'live media'

West Bengal doctors' strike LATEST UPDATES: The junior doctors at NRS hospital called off their strike on Monday, after week-long protests over the attack by the relatives of a patient who died at the hospital.

After the meeting with Mamata Banerjee ended in Nabanna, the doctors said that they were satisfied with the assurances given by Mamata Banerjee. The West Bengal chief minister said, "I am glad that this meeting took place in such a cordial atmosphere. I am expecting you (doctors) will withdraw your agitation after you go back. I will visit NRS hospital once you withdraw the strike."

Mamata Banerjee suggested night-time vigilance, and nodal police officer for every hospital, during her meet with protesting junior doctors in Kolkata. She also said that five people have been arrested so far in NRS hospital incident.

Backtracking on her promise to allow media coverage of the meeting with protesting doctors, Mamata Banerjee on Monday has allowed only ABP Ananda inside the meeting.

The junior doctors on strike at NRS hospital in Kolkata have reached at Nabanna​, the state Secretariat, to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee has finally agreed to meet the protesting junior doctors of NRS hospital in Kolkata in the presence of media. Earlier, she had said she was not comfortable with holding the meeting with reporters present, but the protesting doctors were firm on their demand, reported News18.

Dr PK Mitra, the Director of Medical Education of the West Bengal government, has arrived at NRS hospital in Kolkata to meet the junior doctors on protest. Referring to their demand for the presence of national media at the meeting with Mamata Banerjee, he said he had already communicated their stand to the chief minister and "no new conditions can be met now".

Junior doctors are likely to boycott the 3 pm meeting with Mamata Banerjee even if it is recorded. The protesting doctors doctors in West Bengal specifically want the national media to be present at the meeting.

Several doctors in Goa boycotted work on Monday and held a silent protest march in Panaji. In Maharashtra, over 40,000 doctors boycotted work as part of the IMA's strike. In Odisha, OPD services were hit, but emergency wards functioned normally.

Mamata Banerjee has agreed to hold a "recorded" meeting with the junior doctors of NRS hospital on strike. The Director of Medical Education said, "The discussion and resolutions taken in this meeting shall be recorded and duly communicated to you."

Due to the ongoing countrywide doctors' strike, the government has cancelled the leaves of all doctors employed at Central government hospitals and asked them to return to duty immediately. The Central government doctors have been asked to come back to work to deal with the crisis, reports said.

The junior doctors on strike in West Bengal have rejected Mamata Banerjee's request for a closed-door meeting at state Secretariat Nabanna. At the general body meeting of junior doctors of Kolkata's NRS hospital, they decided to not attend the meeting with the chief minister at 3 pm.

The PIL the Supreme Court will hear tomorrow seeks directions to the Union ministries of home affairs and health and the West Bengal administration to depute government-appointed security personnel at all state-run hospitals in India to ensure safety and security of doctors.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a PIL tomorrow (Tuesday) on the ongoing doctors' strike across the country. The plea, filed by one Ashok Srivastata, seeks legal protection for doctors against assaults, like the one faced by junior doctors at NRS hospital in Kolkata, which triggered the strike.

The contention between the protesting doctors in West Bengal and Mamata Banerjee is now on the presence of media at the planned meeting. Medicos want the meeting to be held in the presence of media, but the chief minister is "not comfortable" with it.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) will hold a nationwide protest on Monday against the beating of doctors in West Bengal, said Dr Ranjan Sharma, president of the doctors' national body, on Sunday.

Dr Sharma said that they would also stress for the enactment of protection law for the doctors and amendment in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

"We need amendments in IPC and CrPC so that anybody who indulges in acts of violence against hospitals and doctors is taken to task as per the laws," said Dr Sharma while talking to ANI.

Terming the strike of doctors in West Bengal as the failure of the system, Sharma said: "All that was asked was a visit to the victim by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Is it too much? And if you did not meet, then why to insult them?"

Sharma said that there is a need for CCTV cameras and guards, who are actually concerned about the security of doctors.

"At NRS Hospital in Kolkata, there were cops on duty inside the emergency complex. Still, they did not act. Sensitising them and making them aware of the need of security of doctors is essential," he said.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has given the 17 June strike call to withdrawal non-essential health services across the country. IMA members will also stage a dharna at its headquarters in Delhi.

Doctors at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital as well as Delhi government facilities such as GTB Hospital, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital will not function on Monday.

The apex medical body, IMA, said all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am Tuesday.

Emergency and casualty services will continue to function, it said.

In a late night statement, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said it will not participate in the nationwide strike called by the IMA, but will take out a protest march from 8 am to 9 am Monday.

"Keeping patient care in the centre, AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) has decided not to go on strike, but will take out a protest march from 8 am to 9 am on Monday," it said.

The premier medical institute also asked its faculty members, researchers, students and para medical staff to join the protest march.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jun 17, 2019 21:24:11 IST