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Doctors' strike updates: Junior doctors at NRS hospital call off protests after meeting Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal doctors' strike LIVE 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.

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Doctors' strike updates: Junior doctors at NRS hospital call off protests after meeting Mamata Banerjee
  • The junior doctors at NRS hospital called off their strike after week-long protests that drew support from across the country

  • The protesters met Mamata Banerjee to press for their demands on Monday evening

  • Mamata Banerjee suggested night-time vigilance, and nodal police officer for every hospital among other things in view of the demand for better security at hospitals

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June 17, 2019 - 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."

June 17, 2019 - 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. 

June 17, 2019 - 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.

June 17, 2019 - 19:10 (IST)

Visuals from Mamata's meeting with junior doctors at Nabanna

June 17, 2019 - 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."

June 17, 2019 - 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

June 17, 2019 - 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.

June 17, 2019 - 18:09 (IST)

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June 17, 2019 - 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."

June 17, 2019 - 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."

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

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