New Delhi and State capitals: The assault on junior doctors in Kolkata’s NRS Medical College has infuriated the community of medical practitioners across the country. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), the largest organisation of doctors in the country, had called for a nationwide strike on Monday, which is being observed across the country. Since the strike applies to non-essential medical services, the OPD (out-patient department) of all hospitals are today closed.
The medical fraternity is further angered by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s unwillingness to meet a critically wounded Dr Paribaha Mukherjee at the hospital where he is admitted after a mob attacked him on 10 June.
The striking doctors have alleged that Banerjee lied to the media about a meeting with them last Saturday.
The striking doctors’ demands have resonated across the medical fraternity. So much so, the IMA had to appeal to all government, non-government medical colleges, hospitals and nursing homes across the country to stop the OPD service between 6 AM of Monday and 6 AM on Tuesday.
However, to the relief of patients, the IMA has announced that, during the 24-hour period of the strike, emergency services in hospitals will continue.
The Resident Doctors Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), on Monday, marched in protest against the violence perpetrated on doctors in West Bengal.
The association members poured into the streets of Delhi demanding justice for their peers in Kolkata. The AIIMS doctors are on strike from 12 noon to 6 o’clock. But during this time, emergency services, including casualty, ICU and labour (maternity), will stay functional.
Doctors at the King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow are on strike as a mark of solidarity with the assaulted doctors in Bengal.
Doctors at the Sir Sunderlal Hospital of Benaras Hindu University (BHU) are staging a protest against violence unleashed on doctors in West Bengal.
In Ranchi, doctors at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) protested against the assault on doctors in Kolkata.
In Bhubaneswar, doctors at the AIIMS branch protested against the act of violence.
Doctors of the Guwahati Medical College staged their protest, too.
The All Tripura Government Doctors Association and IMA Tripura have stopped providing all OPD services for 24 hours in protest against the recent incident of violence against doctors in West Bengal.
Responding to the call for a nationwide strike by the IMA, doctors at the Jaipuria Hospital in Jaipur have gone on strike.
Doctors at Sir Sayajirao General Hospital, Vadodara, lodged their protest at the premises of the medical facility.
All-India doctors’ strike is being observed at Bengaluru’s Victoria Hospital.
This post will be updated as and when related reports arrive from different parts of the country.