Doctors Strike Live Update: What forced the doctors to take this step

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Doctors Strike in West Bengal has received support from doctors in various other states. It has become a huge controversy over the past few days…

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Doctors Strike Live Updates:

  • The Supreme Court has refused to pass any order on the petition seeking to provide security to doctors in government hospitals today. They have directed the matter to be listed before an appropriate bench after vacation of the court.
  • The IMA has filed for an Intervention Application and supported the cause of the petitioner, Alakh Alok Srivastava in this case.
  • People are queuing at the OPD ticket counter of the North Bengal Medical and Hospital in Siliguri after the doctors strike was called off yesterday after the meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
  • The resident doctors association of AIIMS, Delhi withdrew their strike and resumed their duties after the doctors strike being called off by doctors from West Bengal.
  • Doctors in Kolkata call off strike after strike being called off in West Bengal.
  • The Press Secretary appreciated the initiative taken by Mamata Banerjee and the junior doctors to resolve the strike. He hopes that the doctors take up their work and the state government takes all steps committed in the meeting.
  • The Junior doctors at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata are happy and are gratifying to all senior doctors, junior doctors, patients, people, and everyone from the medical fraternity of our country who supported and made their movement possible. The unity brought them strength and they plan to keep it in the future as well.
  • The Junior Doctors at the NRS College and Hospital, West Bengal announce that they are calling off the strike.
  • Mamata Banerjee has arrived for the meeting with the representatives of doctors at Nabanna.
  • Chief Minister West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee has agreed for media coverage of her meeting with the 2 representatives from each Medical College of the state.
  • The State Health Department Bus was seen carrying representatives of doctors scheduled to meet Mamata Banerjee in Nabanna.
  • IMA, Pune also protests at KEM Hospital over violence against doctors.
  • An all India Doctor’s Strike is being observed at the Victoria Hospital in Bangaluru.
  • Chief Minister West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee will be holding a meeting with 2 representatives from each medical college of the state in Nabana today.
  • Doctors at AIIMS hold protest in support of all the doctors of West Bengal.
  • Doctors at King George’s Medical University, Lucknow are on strike against violence against doctors in West Bengal.
  • At the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science, Jharkhand, the doctors hold a protest in wake of the Doctors Strike.
  • Doctors in Bhubaneshwar (AIIMS), Varanasi (Sir Sunderlal Hospital), Assam (Guwahati Medical College), all are holding protests in the wake of violence against doctors in West Bengal.
  • The Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS is to go on strike from 12 pm today till 6 am tomorrow. They have tried to support the doctors strike for the cause of doctors in West Bengal. The emergency services are to be continued. (ICU, Labour room and Casualties)
  • Resident doctors of AIIMS hold protest march against violence against doctors in West Bengal.
  • Doctors in Rajasthan are on strike at Jaipuria Hospital, Jaipur. The IMA called for a nationwide strike of doctors in the wake of violence against doctors in West Bengal.
  • Doctors at Sir Sayajirao General Hospital in Vadodara, Gujarat hold a protest outside Out Patient Department.
  • Junior doctors at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, after a general body meeting, claimed that they want to end this impasse immediately with the CM which should not be transparent and behind closed doors but in front of the media under a camera coverage.
  • IMA has decided to hold a 24-hour long nationwide protest on today (17th June). They said all non-essential services including OPDs will be closed. The IMA will also stage a ‘dharna’ at their headquarters in Delhi at 10:00 am today.
  • The Junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital said that their occupation hazard was being affected by Hepatitis and HIV while they were treating patients but they never complained or sat on a dharna for this. They are against being called to be on an occupational hazard. They also said that their CM compared their job with the Police, not that they don’t respect the police but they said that the police are trained and armed to tackle attacks and they aren’t.
  • The Junior doctors said that the CM invited them for a closed-door meeting at Nabanna. But, they said that now when the entire state is with them then how can they attend a closed-door meeting! They said that they are open to a statement and if a meeting is to be held then they must discuss the venue in the general body meeting.
  • The doctors at the NRS Medical College and Hospital said that this might be an ego fight for their CM but for them, it is a fight for their survival. They wanted the CM to meet with the assaulted doctor and tell her that it wasn’t a spontaneous attack and was planned.
  • The Home Ministry has issued an advisory to West Bengal government and sought a report on the doctors strike.
  • Junior Doctors on strike turned down the invitation of CM Mamta Banerjee for a meeting at the Secretariat. They have demanded that she comes down to NRS Medical College and Hospital to meet them.
  • Doctors in the Northern Railway Central Hospital observed the strike over violence against doctors at the NRS Medical College and Hospital.
  • Resident doctors at AIIMS still continue with their Symbolic Protest. (Wearing Helmets).
  • A medical superintendent at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi, V K Tiwari said that the resident doctors are on strike today. They have suspended work only in the OPD and wards while the emergency services are running in normal conditions.
  • The Junior Doctors of the NRS Medical College and Hospital continued their strike for the fifth day over violence against doctors.
  • The President of the RDA (Resident Doctor’s Association), Amrinder Singh Malhi (AIIMS) said that all resident doctors are back on work but we will continue with symbolic protests. They will wear Black Badges along with Bandages and Helmets to signify that they stand for the cause. He also added, that if the condition worsens they would go on an indefinite strike from 17th June onwards. The IMA delegation also met the Union Minister.
  • The Resident Doctors Association from AIIMS said that they have issued an ultimatum of 48 hours to the Government of West Bengal to meet the demands of the doctors who have been on strike in West Bengal. If they fail to oblige then the resident doctors from AIIMS will be forced to resort to an indefinite strike at AIIMS, New Delhi.

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  • Doctors are protesting for the cause of violence against all doctors but are also simultaneously protesting against Mamata Banerjee.
  • The Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi said that he tried to contact the CM but there has been no response from her till now and he assured that if she calls him they would discuss the matter.
  • The Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan wrote to CM Mamata Banerjee about the ongoing Doctors Strike in the state and asked her to personally intervene and resolve this current impasse.
  • After looking into the matter the Union Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan made an appeal to Chief Minister West Bengal to not make this a prestige issue. He also said that she must show sensitivity and change her behavior which can help resolve all the suffering of patients across the country.
  • The Strike made an effect on all emergency wards, outdoor facilities, and pathological units of state-run hospitals.
  • The IMA (Indian Medical Association), which is the doctor’s body has called for a strike/boycott on Monday to express unity and support to the doctors from West Bengal who have been on strike. They are also planning to bring up a question to our Prime Minister and Home Minister about bringing a central law against such violence.
  • The Delhi Medical Association has also called for a statewide medical shutdown on 14th June. All doctors from the AIIMS and Safdarjung hospitals stayed away from work. They have managed to keep their emergency services available to the public.
  • Nearly 4500 doctors in Maharashtra have stopped working in all 26 government hospitals.

What do the Doctors want?

  • The doctors want the chief minister to come to their institute and deliver an unconditional apology for the manner with which she addressed them during her visit to the SSKM hospital.
  • The doctors also have six other conditions apart from Mamata Banerjee’s apology.

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What forced the Doctors to go on strike?

  • The incident of assault took place at NRS Hospital, Kolkatta after the death of a patient, which left an intern seriously injured.
  • The Doctors protested demanding fool-proof security for the Doctors.
  • CM Banerjee was quoted as reportedly saying “They are outsiders. The government will not support them in any way. I condemn doctors who have gone on strike. Policemen die in the line of duty but the police don’t go on strike.”
  • Listening to what the Chief Minister had to say, the doctors felt like they were being blamed. They decided to take their protest forward and go on strike.

How did the Doctors Strike start?

  • The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee made an attempt to diffuse doctors. Rather than taking action against attackers she gave an ultimatum to the doctors.
  • This agitated and brought up a protest against physical assault against two doctors from West Bengal and the doctors went on strike.
  • Now, all doctors from the state have begun to resign and want the Government to take immediate action. (Nearly 500 doctors have resigned by now)

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